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.
With the Sixers struggling from three-point range, the Heat found their touch, outscoring Philly by 34-13 in the second quarter to take a 56-42 lead into the half-time break.
Early on, the Sixers appeared to be in good shape.
Whiteside was awful in Game 1 on Saturday night, scoring two points on 1-for-4 shooting with two turnovers in 12 minutes.
Time and again, Belinelli would find a sliver of space and fire his trademark off-balanced jumper through the hoop.
Wade's play resembled his glory days at times and he carried the Heat in a sensational second quarter that was the difference.
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The plan worked out well Monday, as the tone of the contest changed with Wade weaving through the Sixers' defense and directing traffic on offense.
After scoring 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting to rally the Heat from a nine-point deficit in the first half, Wade took the game over the fourth quarter after Philadelphia, winners of 17 in a row coming in, had trimmed the Heat's 16-point lead to 98-96 with 4:34 to play.
Simmons led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23.
"I can't wait to get him back", coach Brett Brown said. He has been fitted for a mask and before Game 2 did an on-court workout that had fans reacting to his shots. "He, to me, is the difference maker". How limited, and what happens if Spoelstra makes it really limited bears watching - not just for this series, but also as a prelude to a potential move away from Whiteside this summer (if Miami can find a taker for him). Greer died Saturday after a brief illness. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.