Published April 07, 2010
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored eight of his 22 points in the final four minutes, Dorell Wright added 19 off the bench and the surging Miami Heat rallied past the Philadelphia 76ers 99-95 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight win.
Samuel Dalembert put up 19 points and 16 rebounds for Philadelphia, but had two dunks washed out by whistles in the final 34.1 seconds. Jrue Holiday charged into Haslem on the pass that set Dalembert up for one of those slams, and another that would have tied the game with 5.6 seconds left was waved off because Dalembert touched the ball inside the cylinder.
Andre Iguodala scored 16 points, Jason Kapono scored 13 and Lou Williams added 12 for Philadelphia.
Wade started slowly, but scored six straight points for Miami down the stretch to help save the Heat. His two free throws with 48 seconds left broke a 95-all tie — on a play where, after he got fouled, he skipped past the Philadelphia bench and stopped to playfully adjust 76ers coach Eddie Jordan's tie.
Jordan could only laugh.
He wasn't laughing at the end, though, as the 76ers lost their fifth straight and made only two field goals in the final 5½ minutes.
Jermaine O'Neal, in his first game back after missing four with a hyperextended right knee, had four points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes for Miami.
A night after getting blown out by 21 points against Detroit — which had lost 11 straight — the 76ers came to Miami with a far different attitude.
To Miami's chagrin, that is.
The Heat went 5 minutes without a field goal in the opening quarter, allowing Philadelphia to jump out to a quick 20-11 lead, thanks to a 12-0 run sparked by seven points from Williams — who provided instant offense after entering the game with 8:02 left in the period.
Arroyo saved Miami early, scoring 11 of the first 15 Heat points in the first 9 minutes. The 11 points topped his previous effort for any half all season, and the Heat went into intermission up 53-47.
Undeterred, Philadelphia peeled off the first 10 points of the second half, Dalembert scoring six of them and controlling the glass at both ends. And when Wade got his fourth foul with 4:02 left in the third, Miami was down 70-63 and in clear trouble.
That is, until Wade — who had scored six points in the game's first 32 minutes — scored eight in a 2-minute span late in the third. He had a pair of three-point plays, one of them spectacular after getting knocked to the court by Kapono, and that helped Miami tie the game at 77 entering the fourth.
NOTES: The Heat are 10 games over .500 for the first time since the 2005-06 championship season. ... Jordan said he talked with Dalembert and Elton Brand about expectations for the season's final week, one day after both played just 12½ minutes in the loss to Detroit. ... Soon, Wade will have yet another Heat record: He made his 460th start, one shy of Glen Rice's mark. ... Dalembert said he won't take long after the season before returning to his native Haiti and continuing efforts to help the country recover from earthquakes that devastated Port-au-Prince. "The stage we're in now, it's about preventing further problems," Dalembert said.