Haslem, Heat blow by Sixers
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Udonis Haslem netted a career-high 24 points and
pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Miami to an easy 104-85 win over Philadelphia
at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade recorded a team-high 25 points, six rebounds and eights assists
after missing the Heat’s last game with the flu. Shaquille O’Neal added 15
points and 10 boards for Miami, which won for the fourth time in six games
and clinched the No. 2 Spot in the Eastern Conference playoff
Allen Iverson had a game-high 30 points for the 76ers, who snapped a three-
game winning streak and fell one full game behind Chicago for the eighth and
final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Chicago bested
Washington 103-101 on Friday night.
Chris Webber tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia in the loss.
After being buried during a lackadaisical second quarter, the Sixers showed
little pride and virtually no passion coming out of the locker room. The Heat
scored the first seven points of the frame to take a 22-point edge, and Gary
Payton’s layup highlighted the mini-run to make it 61-39.
Miami continued to extend its lead from there. Antoine Walker’s lay-in, with
just under six minutes left gave the Heat a 29-point cushion, 77-48.
The Sixers never seriously threatened the rest of the way but tried to make it
a game with a 24-9 burst that started in the latter portion of the third
quarter and carried over into the final frame.
Iverson’s jumper, with just over nine minutes left, brought the Sixers to
within 14, 86-72, but the huge deficit was just too much to overcome.
Haslem’s mid-range jumper, with 3:53 remaining, put the Heat back on top by 20
points, 100-80, and Miami coasted the rest of the way.
Miami took a slim 25-23 edge after the first 12 minutes of play.
The Heat then used a dominant second quarter to take control of the game. With
the contest deadlocked at 27, O’Neal got loose inside for a slam. The bucket
fueled a 19-8 run, capped by a five straight points by Haslem, to make the
score 46-35 with a little under five minutes to go in the half.
Miami continued to extend the lead and took a 54-39 advantage into
The Heat have won eight of their last 10 home games and own a 31-9 mark in
South Beach this season…The Sixers are 15-24 away from the Wachovia Center
this year…The Heat won the battle of the boards, 42-36, and shot 52.6
percent for the game to the Sixers’ 41 percent.