Wade turns back the clock and 76ers in Game 2 Heat vic­tory

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer 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' 17game win­ning streak and lead the Mi­ami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadel­phia on Mon­day night and even the firstround play­off se­ries.

“It's just in my DNA,'' Dwyane Wade Wade said. “I love the stage.'' The 36-year-old flashed the form of a three-time 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 d. efines Dwyane Wade.''

The 76ers could soon get their defin­ing Process mo­ment from Em­biid.

The Six­ers sorely needed Em­biid, their All-Star cen­ter out with a bro­ken or­bital bone, to set­tle them as they fell in a quick a 16point 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.

Em­biid went on In­sta­gram af­ter the game and wrote, “sick and tired of be­ing ba­bied.'' Pack the black mask for Mi­ami.

“Joel is a su­per­star. Of course we're miss­ing him of­fen­sively, de­fen­sively,'' Six­ers for­ward Dario Saric said.“He's a guy who wants to play all the time. I can't wait for Joel to come back and help us be­cause we're a bet­ter team with him.''

Even with­out Em­biid, the Six­ers trimmed the lead to two points late in the fourth.

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. Not so fast. Er­san Ilyasova made a tip shot to close to 98-96 but Wade an­swered and stripped Saric and fin­ished on the other end with a bas­ket that stead­ied the Heat.

The se­ries shifts to Mi­ami for Game 3 on Thurs­day.

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 _ im­pres­sive enough, even moreso that he outscored the po­tent Six­ers by two points.

Wade made his first seven shots of the game and passed Larry Bird for 10th on the NBA's ca­reer post­sea­son scor­ing list.

“I play the game for these mo­ments,'' Wade said.

Af­ter a Game 1 vic­tory where they couldn't miss, the Six­ers couldn't make a big bucket in the first half. The Six­ers made a team play­off-record 18 3s in Game 1 and missed a whop­ping 16 of 18 3s in the first half.

The Heat slowed the game down - ex­actly the kind of style where the Six­ers needed Em­biid in the mid­dle - and used a col­lec­tive of de­fend­ers on Ben Sim­mons that rat­tled the rookie point guard early.

The pass­ing-and-push­ing of­fense that got the Six­ers to the No. 3 seed in the East failed them for the first time since early March. But there was life left in the fourth.

Saric was fouled by Wade and sank both from the line to make it 91-82 and he fol­lowed with a 3 the next time down that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Saric broke up a pass on de­fense that led to a Sim­mons dunk and sud­denly 18 straight wins was within reach.

Wade con­trib­uted with bas­kets, as­sists and free throws over the fi­nal 4 min­utes to close out the win. “We played Game 1 like a reg­u­lar-sea­son game and tonight was a play­off game,'' Wade said.


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