MIAMI, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Allen Iverson scored 23 of his 25 points through three quarters Tuesday night and his teammates turned up the defensive intensity late as the Philadelphia 76ers posted an 82-76 triumph over the Miami Heat.
In his second game back from offseason elbow surgery, Iverson did not shoot well but helped Philadelphia take a 66-58 lead into the final period. The Heat scored nine of the first 11 points in the fourth quarter and were within 68-67 midway through the period.
Down the stretch, however, the 76ers made all the plays and watched Miami self-destruct, committing costly turnovers and missing easy shots. Philadelphia's Aaron McKie had a huge block with 4:19 to go and Miami's Eddie House committed a turnover and missed a short jumper in the final three minutes.
Iverson missed 22 of 30 shots, including all five attempts in the fourth quarter. But Derrick Coleman contributed 21 points and 12 rebounds.