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Wade, Heat storm back, even series with 76ers with 113-103 win

Wade, Heat storm back, even series with 76ers with 113-103 win Wade, Heat storm back, even series with 76ers with 113-103 win
Ebony Burgess | 17 April, 2018, 20:34

The Philadelphia 76ers lost Game 2 of their playoff series with the Miami Heat at home on Monday, and injured star Joel Embiid is clearly frustrated with the situation.

Wade had played just 19 minutes and wasn't a factor in Game 1, came out shooting 7-of-7 in the first half and sparked an 8-0 Heat run to open the second quarter, giving them a lead they never relinquished.

Going back to the 2011 playoffs when the Heat faced the Sixers in game one of the opening round, Wade dropped 17 points and five assists.

Wade made 11 of 17 shots, put on a show in the second quarter and put away the game in the fourth.

Embiid averaged 22.9 points while grabbing 11 boards and nearly two blocks per game, showing his importance on both ends of the floor for a relatively inexperienced Philadelphia team.

"You need Joel Embiid", Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

For one more night, at least, Wade looked like the guy that was the NBA Finals MVP for the Heat in 2006.

It's all fun and games until you lose a playoff game.

"I saw moments", Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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Saric was fouled by Wade and sank both from the line to make it 91-82 and he followed with a 3 the next time down that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Miami's defense suffocated Philadelphia in the second quarter to the tune of 13 points, resulting in a 14-point halftime lead for the road team.

Dwyane Wade after a late basket that held off a 76ers rally. The question is if Philadelphia adapts immediately to his return - and if, say, Hassan Whiteside is ready to play a rival of his.

They looked to be well on their way to another impressive victory after a stellar play involving point guard Ben Simmons and power forward Dario Saric.

"I think Dwyane's steal changed the game", Brown said.

Philadelphia has already started two different centers in Embiid's place in this first-round series.

"And that's a partnership with Joel and the medical people, it's a collaborative thing with the bottomline being what's best for his health", Brown said.

Dragic then grabbed another two-pointer and suddenly the Heat were eight clear again at 104-96, leaving the Sixers with too much to do to overturn the deficit.

The Philadelphia 76ers, down all night, fought to climb back to within two points of Miami with three minutes left.

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