Heat hold off 76ers in Game 2 behind Dwyane Wade: 3 takeaways

17 April, 2018, 13:53 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Ben Simmons joins Michael Jordan in elite company

Bound for Basketball's Hall of Fame in the not so distant future, the Heat's hero of heroes delivered another wonderful playoff performance to lift Miami to a breathtaking 113-103 victory over the Philadephia 76ers in Game 2 of their first round series Monday night at Wells Fargo Center. He seemingly alluded to both that injury and his overall minutes restrictions when he posted an Instagram story stating he was "sick and exhausted of being babied". The coach said earlier Monday that Embiid had not yet been cleared to take contact during workouts. The lead was built back to 12 but the temperature rose a bit on a highlight-reel play, with Dario Saric playing quarterback and throwing a three-quarter court pass to a streaking Ben Simmons, who punished the rim with a dunk. They won 16 straight to end the regular season and the first game of the playoffs.

Dwyane Wade put in a vintage performance to help the Miami Heat peg the series back to 1-1.

A 10-2 surge by the Sixers, capped with a three-pointer by Saric, got them within eight (93-85) with 8:58 remaining.

The Heat is 1-4 in a 7-game series when it falls behind 0-2 (the only series win came in the 2006 NBA Finals vs. Mavericks).

The first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs continues today with Game 2 in the Miami-Philadelphia and San Antonio-Golden State series.

Simmons had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The 76ers were unconscious from three-point range in Game 1 shooting a sizzling 64%.

Embiid appears antsy to return to the floor, so don't be surprised to see him in Thursday's Game 3.

It came from a revival for the aged from Dwyane Wade, lockdown defensive defiance from Justise Winslow, restored confidence from Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson.

"I watched that play go down earlier in the game when I was on the bench and then when I was in the game, so I told myself if they do that play later, I'm going to steal it", Wade said. Philadelphia trailed by as many as 16 in the second half before cutting the lead to two with a little more than four minutes left. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.

Embiid suffered the injury on March 28.

The strategy rattled the 76ers, particularly in the second quarter when they scored just 13 points to the Heat's 34. How limited, and what happens if Spoelstra makes it really limited bears watching - not just for this series, but also as a prelude to a potential move away from Whiteside this summer (if Miami can find a taker for him).



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