- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 21 points, seldom-used Donyell Marshall got his 10 points in the fourth quarter and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 85-77 on Sunday.

Dwyane Wade, coming off a 50-point performance in a triple-overtime victory over Utah on Saturday, was held to 18. The NBA’s leading scorer looked tired after playing a career-high 52 1/2 minutes against the Jazz. He shot 8-for-21 in 34 1/2 minutes.

Thaddeus Young scored 17 points and Samuel Dalembert had eight points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, which won its third straight and moved within two games of Miami for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Jermaine O’Neal led the Heat with 20. Miami came in 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta for fourth place in the East. The top four teams get home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

With Wade sitting on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the 76ers made their run. Marshall’s 3-pointer tied it at 70 and Andre Miller’s jumper put Philadelphia ahead 72-70, capping an 11-2 run.

After Wade made a pair of free throws, Louis Williams scored on a driving layup and Marshall hit another 3 to make it 77-72. Marshall hit one more from beyond the arc for an 80-74 lead and the Heat never recovered.

Marshall hadn’t scored a point since Feb. 17 and has played in only 14 games this season. But he rescued the 76ers when they desperately needed someone to step up.

Perhaps a little weary after a spectacular effort a day earlier, Wade rested nine minutes in the first half. By the time he returned midway through the second quarter, the Heat had cut an eight-point deficit to 35-32.

Wade had fresher legs early in the third quarter. He hit an 18-footer to start it off and added a driving layup in the opening minutes. His steal and layup put the Heat ahead 51-50 during a 9-0 run. Wade also came out of nowhere to block Willie Green’s shot on defense. But he also shot airballs on two shots in the quarter, showing signs of fatigue.

Despite playing their longest game in 17 years, the Heat weren’t sluggish at the start and were strong until the fourth quarter. The 76ers, who had a day off after closing out the Spectrum on Friday night, looked like the tired team most of the game. They shot just 38.7 percent (6-for-23) in the third quarter, turning a three-point lead into a 68-61 deficit.

The teams went back-and-forth in the first half and the 76ers took a 46-43 lead after two quarters. Miller made a perfect bounce pass through traffic to Iguodala, who completed the fast break with a two-handed dunk to make it 45-43. Miller’s free throw on the next possession made it 46-43.

Notes:@ Wade had scored 40 or more in six of his previous 11 games and had at least 30 in nine of those games … The 76ers have won six straight over Miami at home and 16 of 18. … Philadelphia plays five games in a seven-day span on the road against Western Conference opponents, starting with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. .. The Heat fell to 12-19 on the road.

(This version CORRECTS 76ers 85, Heat 77. UPDATES; corrects typos in overlines.)

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