Heat even se­ries with Philadel­phia

Lethbridge Herald - - SPORTS -

Dwyane Wade turned in a vin­tage per­for­mance, scor­ing 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game win­ning streak and lead the Mi­ami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadel­phia on Mon­day night and even the first-round play­off se­ries.

Play­ing with­out in­jured All-Star cen­tre Joel Em­biid for the 10th straight game, the Six­ers nearly pulled off an epic come­back and ral­lied from 16 down to just two points late in the fourth.

Philly fans were go­ing wild and sud­denly the home-court edge that had made the Six­ers unbeatable for a month seemed like it would perk the team back up for one more notch on the win­ning streak.

Wade buried two big buck­ets down the stretch that pushed back the Six­ers and tied the se­ries as it shifts to Mi­ami for Game 3 on Thurs­day.

The Six­ers lost for the first time since March 13 to In­di­ana. They won 16 straight to end the reg­u­lar sea­son and the first game of the play­offs.

Wade’s play re­sem­bled his glory days at times and he car­ried the Heat in a sen­sa­tional sec­ond quar­ter that was the dif­fer­ence. He pump-faked his way to 15 points in the quar­ter — im­pres­sive enough, even moreso that he outscored the po­tent Six­ers by two points.

The 36-year-old Wade made his first seven shots of the game and passed Larry Bird for 10th on the NBA’s ca­reer post-sea­son scor­ing list.

Af­ter a Game 1 vic­tory where they couldn’t miss, the Six­ers couldn’t make a big bucket in the first half. The Six­ers made a team play­of­frecord 18 3s in Game 1 and missed a whop­ping 16 of 18 3s in the first half. Robert Cov­ing­ton missed all five and Dario Saric was 0 for 4. The Six­ers made four bas­kets and scored 13 points in the quar­ter.

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