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PostSubject: Iguodala, Marshall lead 76ers over Heat   Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:28 pm

PHILADELPHIA(AP) Donyell Marshall was so surprised his name was called to enter the game that he didn't even hear it."Coach had to say it again,'' Marshall said.The
seldom-used Marshall made the most of his rare appearance on the court
Sunday, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the
Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 85-77.Andre Iguodala led
the 76ers with 21 points, Thaddeus Young had 17 and Samuel Dalembert
grabbed 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, which won its third straight and
moved within two games of Miami for fifth place in the Eastern
Conference.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."I didn't have the energy,'' said Wade, who averaged 43.3 points in Miami's three wins last week.Jermaine
O'Neal led the Heat with 20. Miami fell 2 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 the 14-year veteran has played in only
14 games this season. But he rescued the 76ers when they desperately
needed someone to step up."We got a great spark from Donyell,''
76ers coach Tony DiLeo said. "He was well-rested. He's a professional.
He works out every day and he came in and performed. Their zone
(defense) slowed us down. We knew we'd put him in at some point. We
know he can make a shot.''But when DiLeo made the call to end of the bench, Marshall wasn't listening because he hardly ever plays."It
shows when your team needs a game, Coach is willing to do whatever we
need to get a win,'' Marshall said. "It doesn't mean I'm going to play
the next game.''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, when they scored just nine
points. Miami finished 2-for-17 from field in the final 10 minutes."We were probably fatigued,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "There are games where you can't close them out.''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."That was an important game
for us,'' DiLeo said. "We hung in there and kept playing hard and
thought at some point, maybe from their fatigue, they would wear down a
bit.''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. ... The 77 points allowed
was a season-low for Philadelphia.

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