Heat end Sixers' streak to tie series at 1-1

Super Simmons in 76ers NBA playoff win

Super Simmons in 76ers NBA playoff win

Its lone series win after dropping the first two games: the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Philadelphia 76ers lost Game 2 of their playoff series with the Miami Heat at home on Monday, and injured star Joel Embiid is clearly frustrated with the situation.

Wade, who also had seven rebounds and three assists, was backed by 20 points from Goran Dragic and 18 points from James Johnson.

"That kid is not even a kid", Wade said. "I told myself that whatever minutes I was going to play, I was going to do it aggressively. To be able to come through for your team when they need you feels good".

It was a turnaround from the 27-point shellacking the 76ers gave the Heat in game one on Saturday when Simmons was given space to run the floor and deliver precision passes to his long-range shooters JJ Redick, Dario Saric, Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli.

Having split the first two games in Philadelphia, the Sixers are Miami-bound for Games 3 and 4 on April 19 and 21.


With a commanding 56-42 advantage at half-time, the heat closed out the encounter with professionalism and ruthlessness in the second period.

His status for Thursday's Game 3 in Miami has not yet been determined.

Philadelphia rallied relentlessly and it looked ominous for Miami as the Sixers closed the gap to two points at 98-96.

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". "I just want the green light to play".

"I think in the second-half we matched their defensive intensity", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

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