Dwyane Wade punishes Sixers with 28 points to even the series
Apr 17 2018
Wade carried the Miami Heat in their Game 2 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat is 1-4 in a 7-game series when it falls behind 0-2 (the only series win came in the 2006 NBA Finals vs. Mavericks). Trailing by six entering halftime, the Warriors shot an onslaught of 3s in the second half en route to 69 points.
Dwyane Wade was probably never supposed to leave Miami, and so Monday night just felt right. JJ Redick scored a game-high 28 points while Marco Belinelli had 25 off the bench. The Miami Heat received a limited contribution from their own big man Hassan Whiteside while reserve player Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points and grabbed seven boards.
Embiid hasn't played since breaking the orbital bone around his eye on March 28. "And it's been determined that he shall not play Game 2 for that reason". The two teams meet in Miami on Thursday in game three. The coach said earlier Monday that Embiid had not yet been cleared to take contact during workouts.
"I can't wait to get him back", coach Brett Brown said. "It's completely driven by team, competitiveness, I want to play basketball, that type of feeling more than anything", said Brown. "But to have any announcement on Game 3, that's not going to happen because we don't know".
Instead, the Sixers lost their home court advantage and could have a protracted fight on their hands, causing Embiid to take his phone into his hands and post a notable lament on an Instagram story.
Though Fultz recovered late in the season to add some value to the winning streak, Brown had warned before Game 1 that the rookie would be challenged in the playoffs, characterizing them as a "professor" capable of giving any rookie an education.
However, it was the second quarter that proved to be the most decisive in the match. The rest of the team struggled shooting, finishing the night just a paltry 14.3 percent from behind the arc and 41.2 percent from the field.
Johnson responded by hitting a huge three-pointer to put the Heat up 96-87.
It feels like not too long ago, fans were ready to call for Robert Covington's head due to his inability to shoot consistently. He poured in 21 points in the opening half as Miami flipped the script following the poor start.
Dragic bounced back with 20 points, while James Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.
"They were bending us backwards".
"They just played unbelievably", Miami guard Goran Dragic said.