Wade lights it up as Heat even se­ries vs 76ers

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DWAYNE Wade scored 28 points off the bench in just 26 min­utes, and the Mi­ami Heat held off a late run to de­feat the host Philadel­phia 76ers 113-103 Mon­day night in Game 2 of the Eastern Con­fer­ence first-round se­ries at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

Go­ran Dragic added 20 points and James John­son had 18 as the Heat evened the best-of-seven play­off se­ries. Josh Richard­son con­trib­uted 14 points and Wayne Elling­ton and Kelly Olynyk each had 11.

Game 3 will be Thurs­day in Mi­ami.

Ben Sim­mons led the Six­ers with 24 points, and he added nine re­bounds and eight as­sists. Dario Saric had 23 points and nine re­bounds. Marco Be­linelli scored 16 points while Er­san Ilyasova scored 14 points and grabbed 11 re­bounds. JJ Redick had 11 points on just 4-for-13 shoot­ing.

The Six­ers won their fi­nal 16 reg­u­larsea­son games and the first game of the se­ries, and they hadn’t sus­tained a loss since March 13.

Philadel­phia was 7 of 36 from 3-point ter­ri­tory and shot just 41.7 per­cent over­all in play­ing their sec­ond straight play­off game with­out in­jured cen­ter Joel Em­biid.

The Heat scored five quick points to open the fourth, go­ing up 91-75 just 56 sec­onds in.

A 10-2 surge by the Six­ers capped with a 3-poin­ter by Saric got Philadel­phia within 93-85 with 8:58 re­main­ing. On the 76ers’ next pos­ses­sion, Sim­mons fin­ished a fast­break with a dunk, and the Heat’s lead was sliced to 93-87.

John­son re­sponded by hit­ting a huge 3-poin­ter to put the Heat up 96-87.

When Saric later drove to the bas­ket and scored, the Six­ers trailed only 96-92 with 5:47 left.

Af­ter re-en­ter­ing the game, Wade had a steal and dunk with 4:04 left to give the Heat a 100-96 lead. Wade then found John­son for a dunk and a 102-96 ad­van­tage. Dragic even­tu­ally capped a 6-0 run with a base­line jumper for a 104-96 lead with 2:25 left, and the 76ers never chal­lenged again.

The Six­ers had surged to a 29-22 lead at the end of the first quar­ter. Then the Heat turned into a com­pletely dif­fer­ent team with a dom­i­nat­ing sec­ond quar­ter, a 34-13 out­burst that turned a seven-point deficit into a 56-42 ad­van­tage at half­time.

Wade was scin­til­lat­ing off the Mi­ami bench with 21 first-half points on 8-of-9 shoot­ing. Af­ter scor­ing his 17th point, Wade moved past Bos­ton Celtics leg­end Larry Bird for sole pos­ses­sion of 10th place on the NBA’s all-time play­off scor­ing list with 3,899 points. Wade ac­tu­ally outscored the Six­ers 15-13 in the sec­ond, with the 13 points scored the fewest for the 76ers in a quar­ter this sea­son.

Dragic also shot 5 of 6 for 11 points in the first half. FLM/Reuters

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