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76ers beat Miami for ninth time in 11 games

1/26/2003

MIAMI (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers are beginning to understand
that Allen Iverson can't carry the team by himself.

"We can't put it all on the little kid, even though he's as
good an offensive player as there is in the league," coach Larry
Brown said. "You can't put it all on him all the time."

Keith Van Horn scored 26 points and Iverson had 25, including a
12-footer with 42.1 seconds left that put Philadelphia ahead for
good in its 97-91 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

But the team's fate did not rest in Iverson's hands alone, which
is the way Brown wants it.

Eric Snow added 16 points, Derrick Coleman returned to the
lineup after missing two games and scored 14 points, and rookie
John Salmons found a way to do something none of his teammates
could -- shut down Miami's Caron Butler.

"We just did a good job stopping them on defense. We executed
well on the offensive end," Iverson said. "We just played an
overall great game."

That's something the 76ers haven't been able to say much lately.
Saturday's win was just the team's eighth in its last 25 games.

Eddie Jones had 26 points for Miami, which saw its season-high
three-game home winning streak snapped. Butler scored 22 for the
Heat, but none after the 4:23 mark of the third quarter -- the exact
moment when Salmons checked in for the first time.

Butler, who carried the Heat for much of the middle two
quarters, only got three shots off in the final 16 minutes. And
without him as an option, Miami shot only 5-for-18 in the final
quarter.

Miami took a 74-68 lead late in the third quarter, after Jones --
who had a season-high five 3-pointers -- made consecutive shots from
behind the arc. But the Heat missed 10 of their next 11 field-goal
attempts.

"We had all the opportunities at the end to win it," Miami
coach Pat Riley said. "In this type of game, there's no room for
error."

Salmons scored only three points, but the University of Miami
graduate -- playing with his college coach, Perry Clark, in the
stands -- simply kept Butler from getting any good looks down the
stretch.

"He did a great job on Butler, who's an unbelievable rookie,"
Brown said. "He's getting better. Good guy. If everyone was like
him, everyone would want to do what I'm doing."

Jones scored with 1:29 remaining to give the Heat a 90-88 lead.
But Iverson found Van Horn underneath the basket for a layup on
Philadelphia's next possession, tying the game for the 18th time,
including seven in the fourth quarter.

Miami's Mike James then turned the ball over and Iverson
followed with the pullup to put Philadelphia ahead to stay.

"We didn't do what we needed to do," Jones said. "A couple of
miscues cost us the game."

Coleman blocked a layup attempt by Butler with 18 seconds left
to seal the win.

Philadelphia outscored Miami 28-13 from the foul line, getting
35 attempts to the Heat's 17.

Game notes
It marked the second time in 14 games that Philadelphia won
despite trailing after the first quarter. ... The Heat were without
Sean Marks (flu), while the 76ers played without Kenny Thomas
(thigh bruise). ... Miami had only two turnovers in the first half,
then committed three in the first 1:21 of the second half. The Heat
finished with 11 overall. ... Jets coach Herman Edwards sat
courtside. ... Iverson extended his current NBA-best streak of
consecutive double-figure games to 164.

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