PHILADELPHIA -- Charles Barkley scored nine of his 29 points in the last six minutes as the Philadelphia 76ers held off Miami, 114-107, last night, snapping the Heat's four-game winning streak.
Hersey Hawkins added 27 points for Philadelphia, which moved past Miami into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Philadelphia led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter and held a 91-78 advantage at the end of three periods. But Miami went on a 15-3 run at the start of the fourth quarter, cutting Philadelphia's lead to 94-93 on a rebound basket by Grant Long with 6 minutes, 24 seconds remaining.
The 76ers then went on a 12-5 run, with Barkley scoring nine, to lead, 106-98, with 2:39 remaining.
A 3-point shot by Kevin Edwards brought the Heat to within 106-103 at the 1:31 mark, but Barkley scored on a driving layup BTC with 1:13 to go. A three-point play by Ron Anderson with 38 seconds left gave Philadelphia a 111-103 edge.