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Miami's Wade turns back the clock

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:14 AM
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (centre) shoots over Philadelphia 76ers' T.J. McConnell (second left) and Ersan Ilyasova (left) during Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Monday night. Miami won 113-103.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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 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.

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

Embiid went on Instagram after the game and wrote, "sick and tired of being babied."

Pack the black mask for Miami.

The series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday.

In Monday's second game Golden State whipped San Antonio 116-101.