Sixers Lose To Heat As Joel Embiid Expresses Frustration


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.

Goran Dragic scored 20 points and James Johnson added 18 points for the Heat. For Joel Embiid, however, the defeat was especially bitter.

"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.