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Dwyane 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.

Play­ing with­out in­jured All-Star cen­ter Joel Em­biid for the 10th straight game, the Six­ers nearly pulled off an epic come­back and ral­lied from 16 down to just 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. 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. James Har­den scored 44 points and pow­ered a big fourth-quar­ter run that al­lowed Hous­ton to out­last Min­ne­sota in Game 1 of the first-round play­off se­ries. Min­ne­sota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 sec­onds left. Chris Paul added two free throws af­ter that for Hous­ton, but a tip-in by Karl-An­thony Towns got Min­ne­sota back within 3. Af­ter a bad pass by Paul gave Min­ne­sota a chance to tie with 1.5 sec­onds left, Jimmy But­ler’s shot was short.

The top-seeded Rock­ets had their hands full with the No. 8 Tim­ber­wolves on a night where Hous­ton made just 10 of 37 3-point­ers. Har­den made 7 of 12 3-point­ers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gor­don and Paul com­bined to make just 3 of their 22 tries.

Hous­ton kept All-Star big man Towns in check, lim­it­ing him to just eight points. An­drew Wig­gins scored 18 points to lead Min­ne­sota.

Game 2 is Wed­nes­day night in Hous­ton.

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