Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/28

Game 1: Tuesday, October 28th
Game 2: Friday, December 5th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 4: Saturday, March 20th

Heat 76

(9-16, 2-12 away)

76ers 87

(13-12, 7-6 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, December 17, 2003

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 26 16 16 1876
    PHI 20 16 25 2687

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    Phi: A. McKie 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    McKie picks up the load for 76ers

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The 76ers need Allen Iverson in the lineup. But Aaron McKie softened his absence, at least for a game.

    McKie scored 20 points and Glenn Robinson had 19 in the 76ers' 87-76 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

    Iverson, averaging 28.9 points, who has missed three of the last four games with a swollen right knee. The injury that could keep him sidelined even longer.

    "It's 30 points out of your lineup. It's somebody who's great in transition and can get to the line," McKie said. "We pretty much have to do it collectively. I think we did a pretty good job of that."

    McKie, who entered second in the NBA in 3-point accuracy, led the way with three straight 3-pointers early in the third to help turn a six-point halftime deficit into a one-point lead. He finished 7-for-12 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range, and added six assists.

    McKie, the 2000-01 Sixth Man of the Year, said his approach remains the same whether he starts or plays a reserve role.

    "I just continue to play within the team concept, depending on the time of the game and what coach needs from me," said McKie, making his 10th start this season. "We'll make the adjustment then."

    The Sixers' reserves picked up the scoring slack the rest of the way. They'll have to keep doing that if Philadelphia (13-12) wants to keep their Atlantic Division lead while Iverson and center Marc Jackson (finger) are out.

    Philadelphia got seven straight points early in the fourth quarter from Kyle Korver, the rookie long-range shooter out of Creighton. Korver, with his shaggy top and resemblance to actor Ashton Kutcher, draws a crowd reaction when he has the ball.

    "I don't think I deserve any of that yet. I haven't really done anything," Korver said. "I hit three shots tonight. Big deal. I'm not going to say don't do it. It's fun."

    Korver said he's getting used to the comparison to the "Punk'd" star.

    "Everyday, five times a day. I'm not dating anybody like Demi Moore," he said with a smile.

    Korver's 3-pointer three minutes into the fourth gave the Sixers a nine-point lead, and they never let Miami get close the rest of the quarter. They would lead by as many as 13, using a lineup of reserves Korver, Samuel Dalembert and John Salmons and starters McKie and Kenny Thomas. Thomas had 17 points.

    "I thought Korver and McKie hit some big shots that gave us some confidence," Sixers coach Randy Ayers said. "It got the crowd into the game and we were able to sustain that the rest of the game."

    Robinson went 8-for-14 from the floor as the Sixers shot a season-high 56 percent.

    Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Eddie Jones added 20 for the Heat, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Heat, who started 0-7, had the longest winning streak in the Eastern Conference, but their momentum stalled on the road where they are only 2-12.

    "Our defense was decent, but they showed a lot of patience and maturity," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We'd play good defense for about 20 seconds, but they kept passing and passing and finding open guys."

    McKie added his fourth 3-pointer with less than a minute left for an 85-74 lead, and Derrick Coleman finished the Sixers' scoring with a thunderous, scowling dunk.

    The Heat, who raced to a 14-4 lead, matched that 10-point lead early in the third after Jones' 3-pointer. Jones scored 13 of Miami's 16 points in the third quarter on 4-for-8 shooting.

    But Coleman and Robinson each made a couple of jumpers that started a 21-9 run for a 61-58 lead. Lamar Odom, who scored 17 points, tied it with a 3 to open the fourth quarter, but a basket by Eric Snow put the Sixers ahead for good.

    Game Notes: The Sixers are 3-0 against Miami this season. ... The Sixers are 6-12 when they trail at halftime. ... Philadelphia is 25-35 without Iverson in his eight-year career. ... The Sixers snapped a two-game losing streak.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 87
    FGM-FGA 29-72 (.403) 35-62 (.565)
    3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 5-10 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 14-15 (.933) 12-14 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-31 6-36
    Assists 14 23
    Turnovers 12 18
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 6 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 22
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Aaron McKie McKie
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0