Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
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Dwyane Wade punishes Sixers with 28 points to even the series

Dwyane Wade punishes Sixers with 28 points to even the series

The Miami Heat aggressively went after Simmons and his 76ers teammates on Monday in Philadelphia to take game two of the National Basketball Association playoff series 113-103.

Less than a minute later, he tried his infamous pump fake twice on Robert Covington, but Covington didn't bite, so Wade hit a turnaround fadeaway, giving the Heat a 16-point lead.

The Heat avoided one of their patented third-quarter collapses by answering every Sixers run, and it looked like the game was over after a quick 5-0 run put Miami up 91-76 early in the fourth quarter.

And with Game 3 not set untill Thursday night, it appears as though they'll have plenty of time to stew in the sourness of their loss.

The Philadelphia 76ers can steal back home court advantage with a victory on the road.

"I saw moments, that's what defines Dwyane Wade", Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "I like the way we came back from that first one".

Simmons, who had a triple-double in the opener, led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23. "If you're seeking to become a whole team, you need Joel Embiid". 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 fell behind by nine points early after Goran Dragic went to the bench with two fouls, but Wade turned the tide with a spark off the bench.

Wade actually outscored the Sixers 15-13 in the second, with the 13 points scored the fewest for the 76ers in a quarter this season.

The match started well enough for them though as they lead 29-22 at the conclusion of the first quarter. "Of course we're missing him offensively, defensively", Sixers forward Dario Saric said.

Just like they did in the second half of Saturday night's blowout of the Heat, the Sixers opened the game with Ersan Ilyasova at center and immediately began attacking the rim as Hassan Whiteside - and his teammates - went out on the perimeter to guard against another Philly three-point barrage.

Wade also surpassed Larry Bird to move up to tenth on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list.

For the second consecutive postseason game and 10th in a row overall, the All-Star big man was forced to watch from the sideline while he recovers from surgery for an orbital fracture.

Just another milestone for the future Hall of Famer.

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