Wade on fire as Heat burn 76ers; War­riors sink Spurs to lead 2-0

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Dwyane Wade rolled back the years with a vin­tage per­for­mance as the Mi­ami Heat ended Philadel­phia’s 17-game win­ning streak to level their Eastern Con­fer­ence play­off se­ries on Mon­day.

The 36-year-old Wade scored 28 points in 25 min­utes from the bench as Mi­ami stunned the 76ers’ home crowd into si­lence with a 113-103 vic­tory.

It was a su­perb per­for­mance from Wade, a three-time NBA cham­pion who started this sea­son with the Cleve­land Cava­liers be­fore re-join­ing Mi­ami in Fe­bru­ary just be­fore the trade dead­line.

Wade’s ex­pe­ri­ence proved cru­cial through­out, in­spir­ing a first half fight back to wipe out the 76ers’ early lead be­fore shep­herd­ing Mi­ami to the win in a nervy fi­nale.

Wade, who also had seven re­bounds and three as­sists, was backed by 20 points from Go­ran Dragic and 18 points from James John­son.

Philadel­phia mean­while were left re­flect­ing on their first loss since early March, jolt­ing their mo­men­tum as the se­ries heads to Mi­ami for game three on Thurs­day.

Ben Sim­mons led the Philadel­phia scor­ing with 24 points, with Dario Saric adding 23 and Marco Be­linelli 16.

The Six­ers had started con­fi­dently, build­ing a seven-point cush­ion to lead 29-22 at the end of the first quar­ter.

But the hosts were then oblit­er­ated in the sec­ond pe­riod as the Heat went on a scor­ing spree, with Wade amass­ing 21 first half points.

With the Six­ers strug­gling from three-point range, the Heat found their touch, outscor­ing Philly by 34-13 in the sec­ond quar­ter to take a 56-42 lead into the half­time break.

Mi­ami de­fended the lead through the sec­ond half, and had moved out to 81-65 clear near the end of the third pe­riod.

Philadel­phia ral­lied re­lent­lessly and it looked omi­nous for Mi­ami as the Six­ers closed the gap to two points at 98-96.

Wade, how­ever, had other ideas, grab­bing a two-pointer be­fore find­ing John­son with a su­perb pass to make it 102-96.

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

DU­RANT, THOMP­SON STAR AS WAR­RIORS SINK SPURS

Kevin Du­rant and Klay Thomp­son pro­duced 30-point games as the Golden State War­riors took a stran­gle­hold on their West­ern Con­fer­ence play­off se­ries against the San An­to­nio Spurs with a 116-101 vic­tory on Mon­day.

The War­riors moved into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven se­ries af­ter over­com­ing a deter­mined Spurs team deter­mined to bounce back af­ter be­ing out­classed in game one.

San An­to­nio started strongly, with LaMar­cus Aldridge — who fin­ished with 34 points — driv­ing the Spurs for­ward as they shaded the first pe­riod 25-23.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to rally in the sec­ond quar­ter at the Or­a­cle Arena, and had moved into a 53-47 at half­time.

But Golden State’s re­lent­less pres­sure and of­fen­sive va­ri­ety — even with­out the in­jured Stephen Curry — in­evitably be­gan to tell in the sec­ond half, and the reign­ing NBA cham­pi­ons slowly turned the screw to over­haul San An­to­nio and pull clear.

Du­rant fin­ished with 32 points, six re­bounds and six as­sists while Thomp­son had 31 points with five as­sists.

San An­to­nio had led 67-66 with just over four min­utes left in the third, but two sub­lime back-to-back three-point­ers from Du­rant helped the War­riors pull clear to 74-67.

A 22-10 Golden State run helped them move, 88-77, ahead a dou­ble-digit deficit that the Spurs never looked like claw­ing back.

Three-point­ers from Dray­mond Green and Quinn Cook put the War­riors 94-79 ahead and the only ques­tion from that point was the likely size of the vic­tory mar­gin. —

DWYANE WADE (#3) of the Mi­ami Heat shoots the ball against Dario Saric (#9) of the Philadel­phia 76ers in the fourth quar­ter dur­ing Game Two.

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