Dwyane Wade on his throwback performance: 'Thank Kevin Hart for that'

17 April, 2018, 20:31 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Ben Simmons won his first NBA play-off game for the Philadelphia 76ers

Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Miami's defense suffocated Philadelphia in the second quarter to the tune of 13 points, resulting in a 14-point halftime lead for the road team.

Philadelphia's defenders were still pressing Miami, so Dragic made his way up the court and, after the defenders - Redick, mostly - parted, he put in an easy layup to push the score to 113-103. The series is now tied 1-1 heading back to Miami.

Embiid (eye) has not yet been cleared to play, though he hasn't been ruled out of Thursday's Game 3 against the Heat, Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

"I just came in with an aggressive approach", Wade said afterwards. "It wasn't about an individual, necessary challenge against those guys, it was about us as a group".

"I know we're going to get their very best", the Philadelphia 76ers coach said.

The defeat marks the Sixers' first loss since their March 13 defeat to the Indiana Pacers and despite previously going 9-0 without injured star center Joel Embiid, his absence was especially felt this game with the 24-year-old later expressing his frustration on Instagram, stating he was "f--g sick and exhausted of being babied".

That's when Wade and the Miami defense changed everything. Wade started the night 6-for-6 en route to a 21-point first half before coming back to life in the fourth quarter as he had a crucial steal and transition bucket and hit the stepback dagger in the final minute.

Game 3 between the Heat and 76ers goes Thursday.

Brett Brown went into the night discounting the revelry from his team's 23-point rout in Saturday's opener of this best-of-seven opening-round National Basketball Association playoff series. How I play him, I'm not sure really what that's going to look like. This time around Winslow and company took away that space, forcing him to drive and become a scorer - not his strength. But the team announced Sunday that Embiid did clear the NBA's concussion protocol, which is a sign that he's close to making a return. Amir Johnson started Game 1.

Philly missed some open 3-pointers, but Miami's physical defense deserves credit for disrupting shooters.

Miami's starters moved the ball and forced the young Sixers to make decisions, something Philly was inconsistent at.

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