Wade lights it up, helps Heat even series vs. 76ers

Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener

Ben Simmons Is a Game Changer

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid appeared to vent his frustration with the team's medical staff following Philadelphia's 113-103 first-round defeat to the Miami Heat.

The first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs continues today with Game 2 in the Miami-Philadelphia and San Antonio-Golden State series.

Internally, there is optimism that Embiid will return when the series is in Miami, though it's unclear if that will be for Game 3 on Thursday, according to sources.

The 76ers' 17-game winning streak is now a thing of the past.

Here are three takeaways from a physical Game 2 Heat win. And when he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated.

Once one of the best players in the league, Wade is now relegated to the bench, but he went for 28 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench to pace the Heat's attack, that also collected 20 points from fellow guard Goran Dragic.

Ben Simmons led Philly with another near triple double, netting 24 points, seven assists and eight rebounds.

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The first quarter showcased the incredible balance and shooting skill of Marco Belinelli and the continued pinpoint ball movement that has turned the Sixers offense from middling to groundbreaking during the regular season. 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. Inspired by a determined-looking Wade, the Heat stormed back to register 34 points to the 76ers' mere 13.

The Sixers lost for the first time since March 13 to Indiana.

It looked like the home side were close to a remarkable comeback in the fourth quarter as they cut down a 16-point lead to just two points.

When Saric later drove to the basket and scored, the Sixers trailed only 96-92 with 5:47 left.

"I play the game for these moments", Wade said.

76ers: Philly native and Hollywood star Kevin Hart rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell and sat courtside a few seats down from Allen Iverson. Joel Embiid changes the dynamics in many ways of this team. Greer died Saturday after a brief illness. Trailing by 16 with less than a minute to go in the third quarter, an Ersan Ilyasova tip in cut an insurmountable lead to just two points at the four-inute mark. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.

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