Апреля 24, 2018

Wade the catalyst as Heat beat 76ers

17 Апреля 2018, 10:13 | Joan Schultz

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Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid of Cameroon in action prior to the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat Saturday

Its lone series win after dropping the first two games: the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Miami Heat were able to even their series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, as they walked into the Wells Fargo Center and picked up a 113-103 victory behind a huge night from Dwyane Wade. Ersan Ilyasova, starting at center in place of Joel Embiid, had success on the offensive glass in the opening minutes and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to rack up nine points in the first quarter.

The Heat halted that in game two by sending a rotation of defenders to get in Simmons' face and harass his shooters.

With a commanding 56-42 advantage at half-time, the heat closed out the encounter with professionalism and ruthlessness in the second period.

After the loss, 76ers coach Brett Brown seemed understanding of Embiid's emotions.

"They were bending us backwards".

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Ilyasova finished with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the third quarter. Inspired by a determined-looking Wade, the Heat stormed back to register 34 points to the 76ers' mere 13.

Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season, has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol.

"He does so many different things for his team".

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. What this means is that the Heat are capable of blitzing the Sixers from the outside, so look for an uptempo, high possession battle in game 2.

Mills' 21 points was a personal playoff record and a return to form after the struggles he suffered in game one on Saturday.

This will give the young players confidence and good principles to stand on while preparing for game 3 on the road in Miami.

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