PHILADELPHIA -- A tough practice paid big dividends for the Miami Heat.
"These are the wins everybody loves. Everybody's happy," Wade said. "It was a good game for us. It started yesterday in practice where we really focused on what we needed to do."
Philadelphia welcomed back Allen Iverson, who returned after missing five games to help care for his ill daughter, Messiah. Iverson came off the bench and shot 1 for 7 from the field for four points.
"A classic, classic butt-kicking," coach Eddie Jordan said. "No doubt about it. Mostly, I wanted our guys to keep competing and keep encouraging each other during the times we were down. It was hard to do that."
After a 16-2 run in the second quarter helped build an 11-point halftime lead, the Heat took control with a 17-0 third-quarter run that turned the game into a 69-41 rout. Miami made seven straight field goals, including a 3-pointer and two free throws, during that span.
"I think there's a direct correlation to yesterday's mindset to come back after the break," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We didn't have to clear any cobwebs. We practiced hard and the guys had the right attitude."
Meanwhile, the Sixers were "rusty," according to guard Lou Williams. During the Heat's 17-0 run, Philadelphia missed nine straight baskets, and went 6:39 between field goals, both by Elton Brand. Philadelphia had won five of six heading into the All-Star break, but suffered its worst defeat since losing 105-74 to Boston on Nov. 3.
The 78 points was Philadelphia's third-lowest total of the season, and the 76ers shot just 37.9 percent from the floor.
"We just laid an egg," Brand said, "so it was discouraging all the way around. It was embarrassing."
The 76ers shot 33 of 87, including 1 for 12 from 3-point range, and only led once, at 2-0.
"They killed us in every facet of the game," Iverson said. "They played so much better than us. We can't play defense the way we played tonight and expect to win basketball games."
Miami continued a stretch of convincing wins, in which they have beaten the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and 76ers by 33, 18 and 27, respectively, providing momentum for three more road games through New Jersey, Memphis and Dallas.
"We're playing well, and this was a win that you need on the road, especially with having four road games," Wade said. "We're going to need everyone to step up and pull their own weight."
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