Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Sunday, November 21st
Game 2: Monday, January 24th
Game 3: Monday, March 7th
Game 4: Thursday, April 14th

Heat 98

(30-13, 14-8 away)

76ers 106

(19-21, 10-7 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 24, 2005

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 27 28 21 2298
    PHI 32 25 20 29106

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Phi: A. Iverson 45 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 4 Stl

    Eagles, sitting courtside, show Philly support

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- On an impromptu Philadelphia Eagles appreciation night, Allen Iverson hoped some of that championship magic rubbed off on the 76ers.

    "It was something you always want to be a part of," Iverson said. "That's the same thing with me. Just being able to try to get to the Finals and win it. That's the ultimate goal."

    Iverson had 45 points and 11 assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-98 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.

    Samuel Dalembert added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who took over down the stretch in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.

    With Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook highlighting a group of Eagles watching courtside, the game was practically an afterthought for fans still in a frenzy over the Super Bowl.

    All the Eagles received rousing standing ovations when introduced -- the loudest for McNabb -- and chants of "E-A-G-L-E-S!" filled the arena. The Eagles were the reason the game was moved to Monday night -- it was originally scheduled for Sunday but was pushed back so it would not conflict with the NFC championship game.

    Iverson came over at halftime and hugged McNabb, while Owens said he could return from his ankle injury to play in the Super Bowl against New England.

    "Spiritually I've been healed and I believe that I'll be out there on that field Sunday, regardless of what anyone says," Owens said.

    Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 points and 11 assists for the Heat, who were coming off a 29-point win the night before against New Orleans.

    A Super Bowl appearance is about the only thing that could overshadow a matchup of Shaq vs. A.I.

    With the score tied at 83 midway through the fourth quarter, highlights of the Eagles season were shown on the videoboard and the fans got up again for another thunderous ovation.

    "I kind of got goose bumps with the whole thing," Iverson said. "I know it's a great feeling to be a part of that team and just to know you've got fans like that."

    Perhaps feeding off the energy from the unusually lively crowd, the Sixers went ahead on Dalembert's dunk and Kyle Korver's 3-pointer.

    The Sixers led by five when Andre Iguodala grabbed a defensive rebound and fed a streaking Iverson, who crashed hard with Wade on an off-balance layup for a 94-87 lead.

    Iverson pointed and cupped his ear toward the crowd as he ran toward the bench during a timeout. The NBA's leading scorer shot 13-for-30 from the floor, made 18 of 19 free throws and had just one turnover in 45 minutes.

    Iverson scored more than 40 points for the fifth time this season and posted his 12th double-double.

    "He was spectacular tonight," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said. "Those stats are beyond belief."

    O'Brien, though, refused to believe the Eagles rallied the Sixers.

    "They played the Miami Heat, the best team in the East. I don't think they need to feed off anything," he said.

    Though both teams are in first place, the Sixers are two games under .500 in the Atlantic Division while Miami leads the Southeast with a 30-13 mark. But the Heat have gone just 5-6 since a 14-game winning streak, prompting O'Neal to challenge his teammates.

    "We can't keep playing like this," he said. "I was telling the guys in the shower we have 40 games left and we need to go 30-10."

    O'Neal got a rare dose of his own game early.

    Late in the first quarter, the 6-foot-11 Dalembert went straight up under the basket and stuffed O'Neal's dunk attempt off a rebound, sending the big man crashing backward and onto his back for a few seconds. Iverson picked up the loose ball and sank a 17-footer.

    O'Neal was back with a statement of his own a few possessions later, though, when he slammed home a ferocious dunk over Dalembert.

    Game notes

    O'Neal was whistled for a technical. ... The 76ers placed G Kevin Ollie on the injured list and activated F Josh Davis. ... O'Brien, a Philly native, is rooting for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl. O'Brien said his first sports memory was the Eagles winning the 1960 NFL championship. O'Brien, though, said he earned a great deal of respect for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots from his time coaching the Boston Celtics. ... Eagles WR Freddie Mitchell brought his friend, Jaleel White -- best-known for his role as Steve Urkel on "Family Matters."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 106
    FGM-FGA 33-77 (.429) 35-84 (.417)
    3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 3-11 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 25-37 (.676) 33-39 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-41 8-49
    Assists 25 21
    Turnovers 16 10
    Steals 7 11
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 7 27
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (2/0) 26 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 4 11

    Top Performers

    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 45
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0