Philadelphia 82, Miami 76

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.

Eddie Jones had 20 points and House added 14 off the bench for the Heat, who have lost three straight and at 2-5 are off to their worst start under coach Pat Riley.

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