The 7-foot forward had 11 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 113-103 victory over hometown Philadelphia in Game 2 on Monday.
"I think Dwayne Wade offensively was just vintage Dwyane Wade", Sixers coach Brett Brown said. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.
To go along with a stagnant offense, the Sixers had no answer for Wade.
It was a superb display from Wade, a three-time National Basketball Association champion who started this season with Cleveland before re-joining Miami in February before the trade deadline. "In these compact minutes he can settle the group with his championship level experience".
The Sixers badly needed injured All-Star center Joel Embiid to settle them.
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Philadelphia rallied relentlessly and it looked ominous for Miami as the Sixers closed the gap to two points at 98-96.
The 76ers' 17-game winning streak is now a thing of the past. The Sixers are in the postseason for the first time since 2011-12, and he's unable to help his team. The series is knotted at 1-1 heading to Miami on Thursday (7 p.m./NBCSP).
Embiid posted a blank photo on Instagram during Brown's press conference that read "F--ing sick and exhausted of being babied". The franchise kept him from playing in back-to-back games for most of the first half of the season. After scoring his 17th point, Wade moved past Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird for sole possession of 10th place on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list with 3,899 points.
And the 76ers kept coming, a Simmons basket in transition drawing them within 93-87, with a Saric driving layup later pulling Philadelphia within 96-92 with 5:47 to go. Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova were on the button... initially at least.
The 76ers, down 16 late in the third period, cut the Heat's lead to 93-85 with 8:58 to play on a Saric 3-pointer, leading to a Heat timeout, with Saric up to eight points in the period by then. "To be able to come through for your team when they need you feels good".
Publicly, Embiid has worn various protective masks during shootaround - which he'll likely have to wear when/if he returns to game action as a preventative measure - and even labeled himself the "Phantom of the Process". Again, there was no timetable on when Embiid would return this series, if at all. Brown turned back to Amir Johnson to start the second half, and neither player offers the imposing defensive presence down low that Embiid does. "And so the medical side, different reasons, I'm not going to go there". "It's born out of competitiveness, and it's born out of him wanting to be with his team". Greer died Saturday after a brief illness. With the Sixers closing the gap to two with a little over four minutes left, the wily veteran made a heady play.