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Miami Heat look to even playoff series

17 April 2018

The Philadelphia 76ers rallied late against Heat, but it was all too late as Miami hung on to win 113-103 and square the series at 1-1.

Early on, the Sixers appeared to be in good shape. He pump-faked his way to 15 points in the quarter - impressive enough, even moreso that he outscored the potent Sixers by two points.

Time and again, Belinelli would find a sliver of space and fire his trademark off-balanced jumper through the hoop.

It was a superb performance from Wade, a three-time National Basketball Association champion who started this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before re-joining Miami in February just before the trade deadline.

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.

Wade contributed with baskets, assists and free throws over the final 4 minutes to close out the win.

Simmons continuously picked apart the Heat's defense, finding open shooter after open shooter which led to 18 made 3-pointers on the night.

Goran Dragic scored 20 points and James Johnson added 18 points for the Heat.

76ers: Philly native and Hollywood star Kevin Hart rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell and sat courtside a few seats down from Allen Iverson. Though the team announced Embiid has cleared concussion protocol prior to Game 2, the second-year superstar was still prevented from making his long-awaited playoff debut. I have a feeling that his role may stay limited until Joel Embiid returns. Joel Embiid changes the dynamics in many ways of this team. "I felt tonight it was a really strong example of how you wished you had him", Brown told reporters. "It's born out of competitiveness and it's born out of him wanting to be with his team", he said.

Ilyasova got the start at center for the first time in Embiid's absence over Amir Johnson. Greer died Saturday after a brief illness.

Philadelphia had five players score at least 17 points, and were led with 28 by G J.J.

"He was a graceful man".

Miami Heat look to even playoff series