Heat Game 2: Why it will be a shootout

Heat Game 2: Why it will be a shootout

Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, passing Larry Bird for 10th all-time on the National Basketball Association postseason scoring list, to lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday in Philadelphia.

Embiid has been on the sidelines since March 28 after suffering a concussion and a fractured orbital bone following a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz during their win over the New York Knicks. That means Philadelphia will be shorthanded, but it may be an advantage for them.

Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season, has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol. It wasn't, however, because he was in foul trouble (only one personal foul on the night).

Wade's experience proved crucial throughout, inspiring a first-half fightback to wipe out the 76ers' early lead before shepherding Miami to the win in a nervy finale. With a roster full of capable defenders (Covington, Simmons, Saric, Marco Belinelli, J.J.to an extent, etc) who have the uncanny ability to constantly switch onto different opposing players, they must continue to give little airspace to shooters and force them off the 3-point line. With four terrific shooters surrounding on the court with Simmons, it essentially neutralized the rim-protecting Whiteside, making him almost un-playable.

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"I thought the physicality of the game, I give them credit", 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "I wish more than anything that I was out there".

Miami will play host to Game 3 on Thursday.

"When he's not able to do that he gets frustrated and I respect his frustration". Most importantly, Whiteside was minus-16, with much of that coming in Philadelphia's game-changing run to start the third quarter that put the Sixers ahead for good.

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