Bound for Basketball's Hall of Fame in the not so distant future, the Heat's hero of heroes delivered another unbelievable playoff performance to lift Miami to a breathtaking 113-103 victory over the Philadephia 76ers in Game 2 of their first round series Monday night at Wells Fargo Center.
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade reacts to his basket in the last minute of the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. With a roster full of capable defenders (Covington, Simmons, Saric, Marco Belinelli, J.J.to an extent, etc) who have the uncanny ability to constantly switch onto different opposing players, they must continue to give little airspace to shooters and force them off the 3-point line.
Dwyane Wade put in a vintage performance to help the Miami Heat peg the series back to 1-1.
The plan worked out well Monday, as the tone of the contest changed with Wade weaving through the Sixers' defense and directing traffic on offense.
The Sixers lost for the first time since March 13 to Indiana.
But there was life left in the fourth.
"I hate this feeling but maybe it's a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in", Simmons said.
In a flash, Wade stripped a ball and scored on a dunk, found a wide open James Johnson for another slam and fed Goran Dragic for an open jumpshot. Again, there was no timetable on when Embiid would return this series, if at all. Though the team announced Embiid has cleared concussion protocol prior to Game 2, the second-year superstar was still prevented from making his long-awaited playoff debut. I felt tonight it was a really strong example of how you wished you had him, " he said.
"You need Joel Embiid... It's born out of competitiveness and its born out him wanting to be with his team".
Ilyasova got the start at center for the first time in Embiid's absence over Amir Johnson.
"He was a graceful man".