Sixers overcome 19-point deficit, top Heat
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala returned from a one-game absence
and led a balanced Sixers attack with 19 points, eight rebounds and six
assists as Philadelphia erased a 19-point deficit and beat Miami, 93-85, at
Iguodala, who missed Friday’s win over Charlotte with a strained lower back,
had played in 232 consecutive regular season games, which was the third-
longest active streak in the NBA behind San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen and Tayshaun
Prince of Detroit.
Kyle Korver donated 17 points and Willie Green added 13 for the Sixers, who
snapped a six-game slide in Miami. Their last win in South Beach came on
December 5, 2003.
Joe Smith recorded a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 13 boards,
while Samuel Dalembert chipped in 12 also for Philadelphia, which finished 46
percent shooting from the field.
Jason Williams poured in 21 points and dished out six assists for the Heat,
who have dropped three of their last four. Shaquille O’Neal had 18 and Udonis
Haslem grabbed 14 boards to go along with 11 points.
Miami shot 43 percent from the floor.
The Sixers came out strong in the third quarter and closed within three,
58-55, on Iguodala’s jumper with just over four minutes left. The Heat,
though, went on a 9-1 spurt — ended with Antoine Walker’s trey — to go up by
11 at the 1:16 mark.
Rodney Carney capped the frame with a layup, which brought Philadelphia within
67-61 entering the fourth.
In the final frame, Dalembert’s dunk – part of a 19-8 burst – put the Sixers
up by one with 8:42 to play and minutes later, Miller’s three-point play
snapped the run to make it an 80-75 contest.
A layup and free throw by O’Neal got the Heat within three, but Andre Miller
drilled a jumper and Philadelphia cruised to the finish.
Miami, trailing by two early on, turned on the heat and scored 26 of the final
33 points in the first quarter for a 30-13 advantage.
Philadelphia continued to trail by double digits in the second, falling behind
by as many as 19, before Korver buried a three-pointer to cut within 49-34 at
Walker contributed 11 points and Eddie Jones scored 10 for Miami…The Sixers
shot 35 percent from three-point range, while Miami converted just 22 percent
from long range.