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Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade rolled back the years on Monday night as the Miami Heat snapped Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak and leveled their first-round playoffs series. Simmons led the Sixers with 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

The 76ers were carved up by Dwyane Wade Monday.

"F-- sick and exhausted of being babied, " the star Philadelphia center posted on his Instagram account after his 76ers loss to the Heat in Game 2, 113-103.

The Sixers had started confidently, building a seven-point cushion to lead 29-22 at the end of the first quarter.

Heat G Dwayne Wade turned back the clock on Monday night, leading all scorers with 28 points. Josh Richardson provided support with 14 points and was a solid defensive presence.

The Philadelphia crowd was a major issue for Miami early on.

The Heat pushed to a 16-point lead late in the third period, before going into the fourth quarter up 86-75. Wade's free throws and jump shot gave Miami the lead.

He followed up his brilliant 11-for-13 shooting day in a 113-92 Game 1 rout Saturday by hitting 12 of 20 shots.

Miami started the quarter on a 16-2 run, extending their advantage to 38-31. When Wade won his first title in 2006, teams often isolated their best players and asked them to score by any means, eschewing the need to focus on 3-pointers or establish crisp ball movement.

Meanwhile, in Oakland, the reigning National Basketball Association champions, the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Wade, however, was the big story, leading the way with a scorching, season-high 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench. With the Heat ramping up their pressure defense and the Sixers bricking so many 3s, the absence of Embiid to help the offense produce more efficiently in the halfcourt was notable. 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). They wouldn't go away though.

Game Three is on Friday. Philadelphia put together a 9-2 spurt to get back to within eight, 93-85, with 8:59 to go. Game two will be a better representation of how Miami will play the rest of the series.

It was certainly normal, Toby Keith notwithstanding, in how nonplussed Wade appeared throughout the moment, from collected glare to clinical footwork to a hard fourth-quarter foul that welcomed a driving Ben Simmons to postseason play.

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