Sixers attempt to remain undefeated against Heat
(Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers try to remain undefeated, as they
host the defending world champion Miami Heat today at the Wachovia Center.
The Sixers have started a new season with two straight wins for the first time
since the 2000-01 campaign when they opened with 10 straight victories. That
season the Philadelphia made it to the NBA Finals where it fell in five games
to the Los Angeles Lakers.
After a season opening 88-75 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday in front of
their home crowd, the Sixers picked up an emotional road win Friday at
Orlando. All-Star Allen Iverson hit a floating bank shot with 2.2 seconds on
the clock to lift the 76ers over the Magic, 105-103, at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Orlando’s Grant Hill had just knotted the back-and-forth contest with a banker
of his own high off the glass on the other end, but left too much time for
Philadelphia. Iverson took the inbound pass, worked down to the right baseline
and then released a one-handed shot that kissed off the glass and in.
Hill had a chance to even the contest, but his jumper fell short as time
Iverson finished with 39 points and 10 assists, while Kyle Korver erupted for
28 points on 10-of-13 shooting off the bench in the victory for the Sixers.
Andre Iguodala and Chris Webber both finished with 11 points in the win.
After tonight’s contest, Philadelphia hits the road for a two-game trip. The
Sixers are scheduled to visit Indiana on Tuesday and Toronto on Wednesday.
The Heat bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Chicago, 108-66, in their
season opener to pick up their first win of the campaign. On Friday,
Shaquille O’Neal poured in 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lift Miami
past the New Jersey Nets, 91-85, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
O’Neal finished 10-of-16 from the floor and Dwyane Wade had 17 points and five
assists for Miami. Gary Payton added 14 points and five assists in the
Miami, which plays its first road game of the season, was 21-20 as the visitor
Last season, Miami won all three meetings with the Sixers. The Heat have still
lost 10 of their last 12 at Philadelphia.