In 1998, Tim Hardaway’s crossover wasn’t as fast as it was 8 years earlier but he still “had skillz” and was still putting up 20 point games and double doubles on a nightly basis. Just three days after dropping 26 & 10 in a win against the 76ers and a young Allen Iverson, the two crossover kings met again.
“They were out for revenge from Friday, and it challenged me,” Hardaway said. “I don’t want them to think they can beat us. I don’t want them to blame turnovers. I don’t want them to blame bad shots. I wanted to show them it was us who beat them after all.”
Tim would struggle with his shot the whole night connecting on only 4 of 14 shots and finishing with 12 points. Iverson wasn’t much better with his shot, making 7 of 20, but he scored 12 points from the charity stripe giving him 28 in the end.
Going into the 4th quarter, the 76ers had a six point lead but allowed Miami to make a run and with the game tied with 6.6 seconds remaining, Hardaway missed a potential game winner but the scrappy Dan Majerle was there to grab the offensive board and score on a game-winning put back.
“We just don’t know how to win,” Snow said. “We lost it when we had the lead. The same way you play at the end is the same way you play when you have the lead. You can’t get passive and let up.”
The 76ers and Heat did face off one more time during the 98/99 season and Philly was able to pull out a 4 point victory in that final game. Iverson had 24 and 3 while Hardaway had 19 and 7.
Shout out to Pennyccwai for the vid.