Wade’s 28 power Heat, 76ers’ streak ends at 17

Orlando Sentinel - - NBA / NFL -

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

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

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.

But 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 the Pac­ers. 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 — outscor­ing the Six­ers by two.

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

Jazz guard Dono­van Mitchell has a left foot bruise, and his sta­tus is un­cer­tain for Game 2 against the Thun­der.

Mitchell left the Jazz’s 116-108 loss in Game 1 Sun­day af­ter stub­bing his toe in the third quar­ter, and he played spo­rad­i­cally the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Mon­day, and the team will pro­vide an up­date Tues­day. When asked if he was con­cerned about missing Game 2 on Wed­nes­day, Mitchell said, “Not at all.”

“I can walk,” he said. “I think to­mor­row will be the de­cid­ing fac­tor, but I feel fine. I feel fine right now.”

Mitchell is one of the league’s top rook­ies. He av­er­aged 20.5 points, 3.7 re­bounds and 3.7 as­sists dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. He had 27 points and 10 re­bounds in Game 1.

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