Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Sunday, November 21st
76ers83Final
Heat93
Game 2: Monday, January 24th
Heat98Final
76ers106
Game 3: Monday, March 7th
76ers100Final
Heat108
Game 4: Thursday, April 14th
Heat119Final
OT
76ers126

76ers 100

(29-31, 13-19 away)

Heat 108

(46-16, 25-5 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:30 PM ET, March 7, 2005

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 27 23 21 29100
MIA 31 32 28 17108

Top Performers

Phi: A. Iverson 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

Mia: D. Wade 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Miami shoots 54.9 percent; Zo ejected

MIAMI (AP) -- The legs got weary at the end, a byproduct of playing four games in five nights. Yet by the time fatigue set in, the Miami Heat had such a big lead that their latest winning streak was never in jeopardy.

Top Five NBA payrolls
(according to www.hoophype.com)

Payroll
(millions)
W-L
Knicks $104.4 25-34
Mavericks 91.3 39-20
Blazers 78.8 22-35
76ers 74.3 29-31
Timberwolves 70.0 30-30

Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, Shaquille O'Neal added 25 and Miami shot 68.6 percent in the first half on the way to beating the Philadelphia 76ers 108-100 on Monday night -- the Heat's sixth straight win and 10th in a row at home.

"We just have to worry about what we're supposed to worry about and keep beating the teams we're supposed to beat," O'Neal said. "Keep winning at home, and keep staying above .500 on the road. If we do those things, then by that formula itself things will work out."

Wade made 18 free throws to set a franchise record; he got to the line 23 times. Shandon Anderson added 13 points, and Udonis Haslem had a 12-point, 10-rebound night for Miami (46-16), which has an eight-game lead over Detroit in the Eastern Conference and an 11-game edge over Washington in the Southeast Division.

Over the four-game, five-night stretch, Miami won by an average of 16.3 points.

"It doesn't feel easy, I'll tell you that," Wade said. "Right now, we're all playing together. Everyone's touching the ball. Everyone's happy playing with each other and if it looks easy, it's because of that."

Allen Iverson, who missed the morning shootaround, scored 27 points on 8-for-19 shooting for Philadelphia, which saw its modest two-game winning streak end. Samuel Dalembert added 21 points for the 76ers, who got only 10 points in 26 minutes from Chris Webber.

"We clearly didn't have what it takes to win tonight against a quality team," said Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien, whose club fell a half-game behind Indiana in the chase for the East's eighth and final playoff spot.

Wade and O'Neal scored 26 of Miami's 28 third-quarter points, and helped the Heat build a 22-point margin in the period. Willie Green had six late points to draw Philadelphia (28-30) within eight, but the 76ers got no closer.

Philadelphia outscored Miami 29-17 in the fourth quarter, holding the Heat to 30.8- percent shooting, outrebounding them 10-8 and forcing four turnovers. But by then, the Heat's struggles were irrelevant -- and the team gets a well-deserved break from practice on Tuesday.

"I'm sleeping until noon, then getting up, having lunch and taking a nap," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Obviously, I was really happy tonight."

Miami had its highest-scoring first half of the season, opening a 63-50 lead at intermission behind 17 points from Wade and 11 from Anderson -- who had 11 or more points in only four of his previous 42 games.

O'Neal made Miami's first four shot attempts of the second half, all from close range to push Miami's margin to 73-55. The lead got up to 79-59 with 6:51 left, before Dalembert keyed a 7-0 run.

He scored to start the burst, then blocked an O'Neal shot -- Shaq's first miss in nine tries -- setting up a 3-pointer from Kyle Korver. And when Korver scored on the next trip, Philadelphia was within 13 at 79-66.

But Miami put the game away with an 11-3 run over a 2½-minute stretch, taking a 90-69 lead. O'Neal scored the first five points, Wade followed with consecutive baskets, and O'Neal finished the burst by catching a three-quarter-court pass from Damon Jones and throwing down a monster dunk.

"You can't play him with one guy," Iverson said. "You really need to have five on him, but you can't do that in this league and get away with it. You can double-team him down there, but then he'll kick it out and make things happen for the other guys."

Game notes


Heat G Eddie Jones battled foul trouble all night, was 0-for-5 and didn't score. ... Miami is 30 games over .500 for the first time since April 1998. ... Iverson was honored Monday as the Eastern Conference player of the week, the third time this season he was taken the award. He averaged 37.3 points in Philadelphia's four games last week. "Well deserved," O'Brien said. ... Before the game, Miami activated G Steve Smith from the injured list and sent C Wang Zhi-Zhi (upper respiratory infection) to the list. ... The now-obligatory "We want Zo!" chant from the Miami crowd began late in the third quarter. Alonzo Mourning came in with 4:20 left, scored one point and was ejected with 26.5 seconds left after drawing a double-technical following an altercation with Dalembert.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
MIA
Points 100 108
FGM-FGA 35-76 (.461) 39-71 (.549)
3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 4-13 (.308)
FTM-FTA 24-30 (.800) 26-38 (.684)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-29 11-42
Assists 17 23
Turnovers 10 14
Steals 10 4
Blocks 2 6
Fast Break Points 13 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (3/0) 22 (3/0)
Largest Lead 2 22

Top Performers

Philadelphia
Miami
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 27
Reb: 4
Ast: 6
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 32
Reb: 5
Ast: 7
Stl: 2
Blk: 1