No Shaq, no problem; Sixers stay hot and cool off Heat
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson poured in 31 points to go
along with 13 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers caught fire in the third
quarter to down the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, 107-98, at the Wachovia
Kyle Korver sparked the undefeated Sixers in the decisive third quarter,
scoring 13 of his 22 points as Philadelphia outscored Miami 28-16.
Andre Iguodala had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for
Philadelphia, which has started a season 3-0 for the first since the 2000-01
campaign. The Sixers began that season with ten consecutive victories on their
way to the NBA Finals.
Antoine Walker scored a team-high 23 points for the Heat, who were without the
services of center Shaquille O’ Neal.
O’ Neal sat out the game with a left knee contusion and Alonzo Mourning got
the start at center, finishing with just six points and two boards while
battling foul trouble.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and had 11 helpers for Miami, which has lost 11
of its last 13 trips to the City of Brotherly Love.
Trailing by as many as 11 in the third, Korver ignited the Sixers’ offense and
Philadelphia took the lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Down 66-57, back-to-back three pointers by Iverson and Korver brought
Philadelphia within three.
Dorell Wright answered with a trey for the Heat, but Korver came right back
with a three-ball of his own and Iguodala dropped in two from the free-throw
line to make it 69-68 with 3:46 left in the third.
Udonis Haslem connected on a hook shot for Miami, but another trey from Korver
tied the game.
Stephen Hunter then rejected Gary Payton, setting up Iguodala’s three-point-
play on a dunk at the other end that put the Sixers up 74-71.
Korver’s jumper made it a five-point game and after Wade’s basket for the
Heat, Korver connected on both of his shots from the charity stripe to give
Philadelphia a 78-73 lead heading into the final quarter.
After the teams traded baskets to start the fourth, Philadelphia went on a
15-3 run to open up a 95-78 lead with 6:51 left to play. The run, which saw
Iverson go 6-for-7 from the free-throw line, was highlighted by two treys from
Miami managed to get back within 10 on Walker’s three-pointer with 3:21 left,
but the Sixers answered with five straight points to cruise to the victory.
The Heat held a slim 29-26 lead after the opening quarter. Philadelphia
briefly took the lead in the second quarter, but Miami closed out the first
half with a 18-8 run and took a 57-50 lead into the break.
Dating back to last season, Iverson has scored 30 or more points in six
consecutive games, two shy of his career high of eight in a row…Korver made
five three pointers, giving him exactly 500 for his career, good enough for
second place on Philadelphia’s all-time list. Iverson is first with 871 three-