Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Heat Game 2: Why it will be a shootout

The 76ers lose Game 2 to the Miami Heat 113-103.

He is reportedly out of the NBA's concussion protocol, and has already been ruled out for Game Two, which is set for Monday night at 8 the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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

Embiid could, however, feature in Game 3 which takes place on Thursday.

It was a superb performance from Wade, a three-time National Basketball Association champion who started this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before re-joining Miami in February just before the trade deadline.

Coming home with a split on the road was big for the Heat. With a roster full of capable defenders (Covington, Simmons, Saric, Marco Belinelli, an extent, etc) who have the uncanny ability to constantly switch onto different opposing players, they must continue to give little airspace to shooters and force them off the 3-point line. Miami is 10-6 all-time when a 7-game series starts 1-1.

The Heat not only tied their East Conference first round playoff series at 1-1, but put an end to Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak. Miami held Philly to just 13 points in the period, with the Sixers offence going ice cold.

As the Heat racked up fouls (the first eight fouls of the game were called on the Heat), the Sixers built a 29-22 lead off 18 points in the paint and 12 second chance points courtesy of six offensive rebounds.

The Sixers trailed the Heat at halftime, 60-56, but outscored the Heat by 31 in the game's second half.

All the while, Wade couldn't miss.

Wade's experience proved crucial throughout, inspiring a first-half fightback to wipe out the 76ers' early lead before shepherding Miami to the win in a nervy finale.

The Heat controlled much of the contest, before the Sixers made a run in the fourth quarter.

Ben Simmons finished with 24 points to lead the Sixers.

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