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MIAMI - All the Miami Heat had to do to secure their first home winning streak in more than a month was hold onto a 23-point second-half lead against a team with the NBAs worst record.And even that proved too difficult.Michael Carter-Williams scored 20 points, Luc Mbah a Moute added 19 and the Philadelphia 76ers went on an enormous run to turn the game around and stun the Heat 91-87 on Tuesday night — winning consecutive games for the first time this season.It aint going to get no worse than this, Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.Miami was up 69-46 midway through the third quarter.Philadelphia — yes, Philadelphia, the team that started the season with 17 straight losses, one of those coming by 53 points — outscored the Heat 45-18 the rest of the way.A very unlikely win, 76ers coach Brett Brown said, with incredibly unusual circumstances.The 76ers only had eight players available because of illness, injuries and roster moves. Carter-Williams played every minute of the second half, Mbah a Moute played 20 of those 24 minutes, and despite basically everyone logging heavy minutes Philadelphia forced Miami into 28 per cent shooting after halftime and outrebounded the Heat 25-18.I think we just keep fighting, Carter-Williams said. Were losing — theres not much we can do but keep plugging, trying to come back, especially when theres time left in the game.K.J. McDaniels scored 13, while Jerami Grant and Robert Covington each had 11 for Philadelphia.Wade scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half for Miami, which was outscored 49-30 after halftime and plays host to LeBron James and Cleveland on Thursday in a Christmas Day showdown.And this was anything but the way the Heat wanted to go into that one.Obviously, thatll be a common theme that we were looking ahead, but all of a sudden do you start looking ahead halfway through the third quarter, Oh, lets start thinking about the Christmas game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Thats not it. You have to credit their defence.Shawne Williams scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat, who missed four 3-pointers that would have given them the lead in the final minute.Miami also turned the ball over 22 times, helping Philadelphia score 21 points.Miami led by 13 after the opening quarter, by 15 at intermission and pushed the lead to 69-46 — a 23-point cushion — midway through the third quarter.Someone forgot to tell the 76ers that the game was over.Carter-Williams made a 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left in the third to get Philadelphia within 78-73, and the 76ers run never really stopped.Us looking ahead? Man, were 13-15 coming into this game, Wade said. Theres nobody looking ahead.___TIP-INS76ers: Before the game, the 76ers announced the signing of F Malcolm Thomas, who played five games in Philadelphia before being waived last month. Ronny Turiaf was waived to accommodate the Thomas signing. ... Philadelphia blocked 10 of Mamis 21 missed shots in the first half, making the 76ers the third team this season to have that many blocks in a half (joining Oklahoma City and Milwaukee).Heat: Centers Chris Bosh (strained calf) and Justin Hamilton (concussion) were sidelined, Bosh for the sixth straight game. Hes done some shooting but the Heat arent certain if hell be ready for Thursday. ... Miami hasnt won two straight since Nov. 22-23, and hasnt won two straight at home since Oct. 29-Nov. 2. ... Wade started the night 65th on the all-time NBA scoring list. He moved to 62nd on Tuesday, passing Lou Hudson, Calvin Murphy and World B. Free.OUT OF LASTThe 76ers still have the worst winning percentage in the NBA, but theyre no longer the team farthest from first in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia (4-23) is 17 games back of Toronto in the East — a half-game closer to the top than the New York Knicks (5-25, 17 1/2games back).SECOND-HALF SLIDEMiamis 10 second-half field goals were the fewest by a Heat team in a regular-season game since making eight against the Knicks on April 2, 2013.UP NEXT76ers: At Portland on Friday.Heat: Host Cleveland on Thursday. Alexander Isak Jersey . "Last year we were in a ton of situations, late-game situations we couldnt pull out. Wed kind of fold under the pressure, get frustrated or let a big shot frustrate us," guard DeMar DeRozan said. Thomas Delaney Jersey . Though the 26-year-old said he was able to participate, coach Dwane Casey kept Johnson out as a precaution. http://www.footballdortmundpro.com/Kids ... ki-Jersey/ . Pedroia reached the milestone with a little panache, hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning and propelling the Boston Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. Marcel Schmelzer Jersey . Founding members of the Genie Army, a group of Eugenie Bouchard supporters who cheered for the rising tennis star during the Australian Open in January, will be in the city for the Rogers Cup, beginning this weekend. Eric Oelschlagel Jersey . Bayern led second-place Leverkusen by 10 points with a game in hand, while Dortmund was another four points off the pace. Freiburg midfielder Felix Klaus scored in the last minute as his side twice came from behind to climb provisionally out of the relegation zone.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The pain got to be too much for Chris Snee. So the veteran guard told the New York Giants on Monday that he is retiring. Snee met with coach Tom Coughlin, who also is his father-in-law, then said he was ending his NFL career after 10 seasons. He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems. He sat out minicamp last month but indicated he expected to play this season. "I take tremendous pride in the effort that I put in the weight room and being the strongest player on the field," the 32-year-old Snee said. "Im nowhere near that, so I knew that even if I came here today, I wouldnt be able to practice. Youre trying to catch up and Ive been trying to get my strength back, but I think its time to just let the arm cool down." Snee was a second-round pick in 2004 out of Boston College and has made four Pro Bowls. He was to be the anchor of a revamped offensive line this season -- a unit that underperformed in 2013 with Snee sidelined for all but three games. Snee started every game in which he played over the last decade, 141 in all. He made the Pro Bowl in 2008, 09, 10 and 12, a versatile blocker as efficient in pass protection as he was in the running game. He won two Super Bowls as New Yorks starting right guard. "To me, he was the best guard in all of football," Coughlin said. "No doubt. No matter who yoou put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them.dddddddddddd When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level." Snees retirement leaves three players on the roster who won the NFL title after the 2007 and 2011 seasons: quarterback Eli Manning, long snapper Zak DeOssie and linebacker-defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who was on injured reserve for the first of those games. Snee joined the team the same year as Manning, who now is the longest-tenured Giant. "He called me yesterday and told me the news," Manning said. "I kind of knew there was a possibility with everything going on with his health. Im obviously disappointed just because weve had a long run together. We came in the same year, were roommates for home games and away games that first year. Weve won a lot of games and been through a lot together and been great pals, so I told him Id miss him." Coughlin, of course, has another reason for missing Snee. "Its different," Coughlin said, "because not only is it a great football player retiring from the game, who has contributed so much to our team and our franchise and has two world championships to show for it, he is a highly respected and loved member of our family." 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