NBA playoffs wrap: Wade helps Heat even series

Dwyane Wade looked like the superstar of old in scoring 28 points and producing several big plays to help Miami even its series with 76ers.

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (right) shoots with Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (left) defending on Monday in Philadelphia.   -  AP

Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance to lead Heat to a 113-103 victory over 76ers on Monday and tie its playoff series 1-1. The loss snapped 76ers’ 17-game winning streak.

The 36-year-old Wade is on the downside of his hall of fame career, but on this night he looked like the Wade who in his prime helped lead Heat to three NBA championships. Wade, who comes off the bench these days, fired up Heat early, scoring 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help Heat to a 14-point halftime lead.

And when 76ers came roaring back in the fourth quarter to cut Miami's lead to two points, Wade almost single-handedly took over. First, he stripped the ball from Dario Saric and raced downcourt for the slam.

 

Wade picked up a nice assist the next time down the court, then later grabbed a rebound to finish a 6-0 Miami run that bumped the lead back to eight. He wasn't finished — with 48 seconds left and Heat clinging to a six-point lead, Wade buried a jumper to ice the game.

Wade finished with 28 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes. Along the way, he passed Larry Bird for 10th all time on the NBA's career playoff scoring list. Goran Dragic added 20 for Heat.

Ben Simmons (24 points) and Saric (23) led 76ers. The two teams meet in Miami Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Game 3.

Warriors goes up 2-0 against Spurs

In the late NBA playoff game, the visiting Spurs showed tremendous fight early against Warriors, carrying a 53-47 lead into the locker room. But Golden State turned it on in the second half to score a 116-101 victory and go up 2-0 in the series.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 32 and 31 points, respectively, to pace Warriors. But once again, with Stephen Curry watching from the sideline, Andre Iguodala (14 points) and JaVale McGee (10 points) played extremely well on the offensive and defensive end to frustrate Spurs.

Spurs hosts Game 3 Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET

Studs of the Night:

LaMarcus Aldridge can't do it all by himself for Spurs, but he tries. He had 34 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Warriors.

Heat forward James Johnson had some nice numbers in Heat's win in Philly. He didn't miss a shot (7-7, including 2-2 from 3-point range) in scoring 18 points, He added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Duds of the Night:

76ers was terrible from 3-point range in its loss to Heat, hitting only 7-of-36 shots (19 percent), including only two 3s in 18 attempts in the first half.

Highlights:

It's not often an Andre Iguodala to JaVale McGee pass makes the highlights, but the two Warriors are feeling it in their series against Spurs.

 

Dario Saric finds Ben Simmons with a long pass for the TD … er, a slam dunk.

 

What's Next:

Game 2: Pelicans (1-0) at Trail Blazers (0-1) 10:30 p.m. ET — The visiting Pelicans stunned Trail Blazers with a comeback win in Game 1. Portland needs this game or it will be in serious trouble headed to the Big Easy. If Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum shoot a combined 13 of 41 again, it will be a long night for Blazers.