Heat tie Six­ers, 1-1, as Wade fires 28

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - STORY BY AP

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.

Miss­ing su­per­star

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.”

—AFP

Mi­ami’s Dwyane Wade sneaks a layup off Philadel­phia’s Dario Saric.

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