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

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

The coach said earlier Monday that Embiid had not yet been cleared to take contact during workouts.

At least once during this series Dwyane Wade was going to have a game that made everyone think it was 2006.

Joel Embiid has lashed out in frustration after being forced to watch from the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers lost Game Two in their first-round series against the Miami Heat.

The Heat is 1-4 in a 7-game series when it falls behind 0-2 (the only series win came in the 2006 NBA Finals vs. Mavericks).

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Wade helped the Heat stave off a furious Sixers rally.

Wade certainly took that advice and ran with it, going 11 of 16 from the field for his 28 points. But Philadelphia could get no closer. 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. Covington and J.J. Redick combined to shoot 2 of 16. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.

Dario Saric and Ben Simmons had other plans. Miami went into the half with a 56-42 lead. When the Sixers focused on taking the ball out of his hands guys like Wayne Ellington made plays (he finished with 11). The Sixers struggled to adapt.

That's when Wade and the Miami defense changed everything.

"Tonight was about us bringing more of a physical mindset as a group", Wade said after the game. "Their ball pressure was excellent".

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Instead, what they saw was a vintage Dwyane Wade takeover.

Though Covington was a victim to Wade's fadeaway on that play, the three-time National Basketball Association champ was a victim to the Sixers' defense through most of the second half.

Philadelphia has been great at starting second halves strong throughout their 17-game winning streak if the Heat can match that intensity in Miami this series will be a marathon rather than a sprint. The Sixers never really challenged again.

"I hate this feeling but maybe it's a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in", Simmons said.

The 76ers could soon get their defining Process moment from Embiid.

The days leading into Game 3 will focus on Embiid's health.

"F--ing sick and exhausted of being babied", Embiid wrote on his Instagram account.

The All-Star center suffered a fractured orbital bone after taking an incidental shot from teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. He underwent surgery to fix the fracture.

In the fourth, a Saric three cut the Miami lead to eight with just under nine minutes to play. "He wants to be with his team". He wants to see this through, and when he's not able to do that he gets frustrated. "It's born out of competitiveness and it's born out of him wanting to be with his team", he said.

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