Heat tie Sixers, 1-1, as Wade fires 28
PHILADELPHIA— Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance with 28 points on Monday, leading Miami to a 113-103 win over Philadelphia to level their NBA first round playoff series at 1all. The victory also snapped a 17-game winning streak by the Sixers. A three-time champ, Wade made 11-of-17 shots and also passed former Celtic Larry Bird for 10th all-time on the career postseason scoring list. —
PHILADELPHIA— Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers’ rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.
Wade was up, the Sixers were down and suddenly, a series.
The Heat had to have this one—a brooding Joel Embiid is angling for a comeback.
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.
“It’s just in my DNA,” Wade said. “I love the stage.”
The 36-year-old flashed the form of a threetime NBA champion with the Heat, not the journeyman who bounced around the last two seasons with forgettable stints in Chicago and Cleveland.
Wade made 11 of 17 shots and put on a show in the second quarter and put it away in the fourth.
“I saw moments,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what defines DwyaneWade.”
The 76ers could soon get their defining moment from Embiid.
The Sixers sorely needed Embiid, their AllStar center out with a broken orbital bone, to settle them as they fell in a quick a 16-point hole.
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 and played their 10th straight game without Embiid. “You need Joel Embiid,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
Warriors up 2-0
In Oakland, California, Klay Thompson scored six consecutive points early in the fourth quarter, two on free throws that resulted from a clear-path foul, helping the Golden State Warriors break away from the San Antonio Spurs en route to a 116-101 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
The NBA’s defending champions will take a 2-0 lead on the road when the best-of-seven series relocates to San Antonio for Game 3 on Thursday.
Kevin Durant had 32 points and Thompson 31 for the Warriors, who swept the Spurs 4-0 in the Western finals last May en route to their second championship in three years.
Embiid went on Instagram after the game and wrote, “sick and tired of being babied.”
“Joel is a superstar. Of course we’re missing him offensively, defensively,” Sixers forward Dario Saric said. “I can’t wait for Joel to come back and help us.”
Miami’s Dwyane Wade sneaks a layup off Philadelphia’s Dario Saric.