Embiid's frustration was undoubtedly exacerbated by seeing the Heat break Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak, levelling the series at 1-1 after a 113-103 win, inspired by Dwyane Wade's 28 points. Josh Richardson provided support with 14 points and was a solid defensive presence. He pointed out to the Heat's run in the second quarter as moments he coudl have used Embiid.
This game had a similar first half as Game 1, but saw more pressure on Philly's shooters from the get-go.
Wade, however, was the big story, leading the way with a scorching, season-high 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench.
Wade followed that up with a key assist, rebound and bucket to secure the win. Johnson made all seven of his shots.
The Sixers had not lost since a March 13 regular-season tilt against the Pacers. Wade may not have a lot left in the tank, but every once in a while he reminds everybody why he's a future Hall of Famer.More news: Eye-popping Stock: Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)
Monday night, Father Prime made a comeback and it was a sweet victory for the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, there were plenty of jokes online about how quickly Wade was returning home from Philadelphia, following his wife's intriguing tweet.
It didn't start out looking like that for Miami.
It was a vintage Wade performance filled with plenty of acrobatic lay-ups, mid-range jimmies and cold-blooded step-backs right in defenders' eyes. He was a game-best plus-16. Robert Covington was only 3-13 shooting and J.J. Miami promptly went on an 8-0 run and held on to win game two of this series.
Joel Embiid isn't happy.
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Two of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "I don't blame him for being upset", one fan wrote online. Justise Winslow only scored two points, but he made his presence felt with hounding defense on the rookie.
"But in the second half we matched that effort level and physicality and were able to get that upper hand". But the second-quarter drought put the Sixers in a huge hole that they couldn't dig themselves out of. Wade added insult to injury when he hit a 22-foot jumper with 1:23 on the clock, putting the game just out of reach for the Sixers. Whether Kevin Hart will be court side again at the American Airlines Arena for Game 3 on Thursday night remains to be seen.