Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat too much for Philadelphia 76ers

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat too much for Philadelphia 76ers

Dwyane Wade is 36 - and he's still got it. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.

Bound for Basketball's Hall of Fame in the not so distant future, the Heat's hero of heroes delivered another incredible 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. "That's what defines Dwyane Wade".

"He can settle the group with his experience, his championship experience", Spoelstra said.

Who knows if having Embiid playing would have swung the result, but in a result where the Sixers looked like they needed a spark, having arguably the best center in the league on the floor would have been a huge boost.

It started with defense and keeping the Sixers off the three-point line.

Don't get ahead of yourselves with one win, Heat fans.

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The series will head south to Miami for game three and four on Thursday, April 18 and Saturday, April 21.

Embiid will be coming back maybe as soon as Game 3 in Miami.

"You need Joel Embiid", Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

So, even though Brown appeared to be unaware of a profane Instagram post published by Embiid after the game suggesting he was "tired of being babied", Brown knows the spirit of the message is more indicative of the 24-year-old's desire to be back on the hardwood than any bubbling discontent with the organization.

This is not the first time Philadelphia has played it safe with Embiid's on-court health. 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.

Wade drilled his first seven shots of the game and in the process passed Larry Bird for 10th on the NBA's career playoff points list. Despite that, he's in the running for the Rookie of the Year award while he puts up historic numbers in his first season with the Sixers.

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