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Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and hit the winning basket late in the fourth quarter to lead the 76ers past the Miami Heat, 114-110, on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The Sixers were strong from the opening tip, they made their first 11 shots and raced to a stunning 26-4 lead. The Heat, though, erased the deficit in the third quarter and appeared to take control behind LeBron James. Hawes hit a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.
James blew two straight chances to put Miami up, losing the ball on a drive down the middle, then missed a 6-footer on the next possession. Shane Battier missed his seventh straight 3-point attempt, and the Sixers put the game away from the free-throw line.