Sixers Beat Up On Hapless Heat

As Miami fall for second straight game following Shaq trade
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 12:08 AM CST
New Phoenix Suns basketball player Shaquille O'Neal pauses while answering a question at a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in Phoenix. The NBA trade brought O'Neal to the Suns and sent Shawn...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Miami's woes continued last night, as the Heat were dismantled by Philly, 101-84. In the second game following the trade of Shaquille O'Neal to Phoenix for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, Miami was forced to once again try to survive without their new acquisitions, the AP reports. The Heat have netted one win in their past 22 contests.

By contrast, the 19-win 76ers look reinvigorated, having taken four of their past six. Philly's Andre Iguodala put up 25, and Andre Miller 21 against Miami, whose roster was down to eight players following an injury to Alexander Johnson in the second. Dwayne Wade posted 19 for the Heat, who despite ugly play, kept it close for three periods. (Read more NBA stories.)