Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 28 points, Kyle Korver and Lou Williams added 13 apiece, and the 76ers held off the pesky Miami Heat, 96-85, tonight at the Wachovia Center.
Andre Miller had 12 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Sixers, who improved to 12-16 and defeated the Heat for the 13th time in the last 15 games in Philadelphia. The Sixers won their second game in a row before starting a six-game road trip beginning Friday night in Sacramento.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half and Ricky Davis added 21 for Miami, which dropped its second in a row on back-to-back nights. The Heat (8-21), who lost, 96-82, at Cleveland on Wednesday, fell to 4-12 on the road and remain mired in last place in the Southeast Division. Daequan Cook had 12 points.
The Sixers led by 19 points early in the third quarter before the Heat began to chip away. Miami got to within 74-64 when Wade went the length of the court and converted a layup with 0.2 seconds remaining.
The Sixers responded with a pair of three-pointers by Iguodala and Korver to take a seemingly commanding 80-64 lead.
Miami later went on a 13-2 run, with Wade scoring eight points, to cut the Sixers' advantage to 84-81 with 5 minutes, 8 seconds remaining.
The Sixers came right back with six straight points, two baskets by Samuel Dalembert and a dunk by Iguodala, for a 90-81 advantage.
The hosts sealed the victory when Williams drove around Wade and threw down a one-handed dunk over Udonis Haslem for a 93-81 lead with 1:49 left.
Even though Dalembert picked up two fouls in the first 1:27, the Sixers later built a 21-point advantage in the second quarter and cruised to a 55-38 lead at halftime.
The Sixers quickly jumped ahead thanks to hot shooting by Iguodala, who had 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and steady play by Miller, who added 12 points and six assists.
Notes. Miami center Shaquille O'Neal had 10 rebounds, giving him 11,606 in his career. O'Neal is two shy of passing Patrick Ewing, who is 22d all-time with 11,607. . . . Sixers guard Willie Green (groin) was replaced in the starting lineup by Rodney Carney. . . . Miami guard Chris Quinn (ankle) missed his third consecutive game while guard Jason Williams was held out because of a sore knee. . . . Sixers center Calvin Booth had four of his season-high five blocked shots in the first quarter. Booth entered the game with two blocks all season. . . . Miami misfired on all six three-pointers in the first half and finished 1 for 13.