The legs got weary at the end, a byproduct of playing four games in five nights. Yet by the time fatigue set in, the Miami Heat had such a big lead that their latest winning streak was never in jeopardy.
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, Shaquille O'Neal added 25 and Miami shot 68.6 percent in the first half on the way to beating the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-100, last night -- the Heat's sixth straight win and 10th in a row at home.
Miami's Shaquille O'Neal, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala. O'Neal finished with 25 points as the Heat won its sixth in a row.
(Alan Diaz -- AP)
"We just have to worry about what we're supposed to worry about and keep beating the teams we're supposed to beat," O'Neal said. "Keep winning at home, and keep staying above .500 on the road. If we do those things, then by that formula itself things will work out."
Wade made 18 free throws to set a franchise record; he got to the line 23 times. Shandon Anderson added 13 points, and Udonis Haslem had a 12-point, 10-rebound night for Miami (46-16), which has an eight-game lead over Detroit in the Eastern Conference and an 11-game edge over Washington in the Southeast Division.
Allen Iverson scored 27 points on 8-for-19 shooting for the 76ers. Samuel Dalembert added 21 and Chris Webber had 10.
"We clearly didn't have what it takes to win tonight against a quality team," said Philadelphia Coach Jim O'Brien, whose club fell a half-game behind Indiana in the chase for the East's final playoff spot.
MAVERICKS 113, RAPTORS 105: In Dallas, Marquis Daniels had a season-high 32 points and Jason Terry added 23 to help the Mavericks beat Toronto without top scorer and rebounder Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki missed his second straight game because of a bruised left knee.
Dallas starters Michael Finley (bruised calf) and Erick Dampier (stress fracture, foot) also were in street clothes along with sixth-man Jerry Stackhouse (groin injury) as the Mavericks had only nine players in uniform.
BULLS 90, BUCKS 85: In Chicago, Kirk Hinrich scored 17 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls held on to end a three-game losing streak.
The Bulls' victory was their 30th, tying their most in a season since winning their sixth championship in 1997-98.
Eddy Curry, who'd been unhappy with his playing time, added 16 for Chicago. Curry met with Coach Scott Skiles yesterday morning to find out why he was riding the bench. Told he needed to play better defense, Curry said he would.
NUGGETS 111, TRAIL BLAZERS 98: Carmelo Anthony had 23 points before sitting out the fourth quarter and host Denver won its seventh straight, beating Portland for its longest winning streak in 16 years.
Wesley Person scored 18 points in 22 minutes, and Greg Buckner added 16 on just five shots for the Nuggets.
GRIZZLIES 105, CLIPPERS 102: Lorenzen Wright scored 23 points, Brian Cardinal had 20 and visiting Memphis nearly blew a 13-point lead in the final 2:17 before beating Los Angeles for its fourth straight victory.