FINAL: Miami 113, Philadelphia 103
Would it be more fitting than for Dwyane Wade saved the day? His 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench to pace Miami and snap Philadelphia's 17-game win streak. The Heat had six players in double-digit scoring. Wade set the Heat's record for most points in a playoff game by a bench player.
Ben Simmons (24 points) and Dario Saric (23 points) led the 76ers.
The series is now tied 1-1, with the next two games played at AmericanAirlines Arena. First will be Thursday with tipoff set for 7 p.m. Game 4 tips off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
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5:47 4Q: Miami 96, Philadelphia 92
It's going to be a wild finish here in Philadelphia. Sixers are waking up. Heat is going cold. Overall, it's a 16-5 run for Philadelphia.
8:58 4Q: Miami 93, Philadelphia 85
The Sixers are making this a game. That happens when a team hits threes. Heat needs to step up on defense and get a couple stops sooner rather than later.
The Sixers have scored 43 points in the last 15 minutes.
11:04 4Q: Miami 91, Philadelphia 75
Five quick points for Miami. Sixers call timeout. Miami has tied its largest lead of the game.
End of third quarter: Miami 86, Philadelphia 75
The Heat is 12 minutes away from tying the series at 1-1 before playing the next two games at home.
3:35 3Q: Miami 77, Philadelphia 65
Miami's holding firm with its 12-point lead. Dwyane Wade checks back into the game. Four Miami players in double figures, led by Wade's 21.
5:46 3Q: Miami 71, Philadelphia 59
The 76ers opened with a bigger lineup to start the second half, going with Amir Johnson at center. It worked out of the gate, outscoring Miami 9-2 in the opening minutes of the half before Josh Richardson hit a critical three and made a three-point play to extend Miami's lead back to double digits. It's been mainly tit-for-tat from there.
Richardson has 8 points in the third quarter
Hassan Whiteside picked up his fourth foul, as well. Back to the bench he goes.
HALFTIME: Miami 56, Philadelphia 42
Hello Dwyane Wade. The ageless 36-year old has game-high 21 points on an 8-for-9 shooting clip to lead Miami. Now, it's just a matter of finishing.
4:19 2Q: Miami 42, Philadelphia 36
The Heat is has is extending its lead. Now it remains to be seen if Miami can hold onto it. That was a problem on Saturday.
6:53 2Q: Miami 35, Philadelphia 31
Dwyane Wade is continuing to do Dwyane Wade things. He's up to a game-high 15 points and is now tied with Larry Bird for the 10th-most points in NBA Playoffs history at 3,897.
8:31 2Q: Miami 30, Philadelphia 29
The Miami Heat used an 10-0 running going back to late in the first quarter retake the lead. Dwyane Wade is making his presence known early off the bench. He's made his first four shots and both of his free throw attempts and has 12 points. Wade has either scored or assisted on every Miami point so far in the second quarter.
The Heat opened with the lineup of Justise Winslow, Dwyane Wade, Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo, Rodney McGruder. Whiteside entered for Adebayo less than a minute into the quarter.
End of first quarter: Philadelphia 29, Miami 22
Foul trouble plagued the Heat throughout the opening period, causing Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside to sit for most of the first quarter.
A cold stretch during the middle of the frame ensued, allowing the 76ers to build a lead up to as many as nine points.
The Heat closed out the first quarter with the lineup of Wayne Ellington, Justise Winslow, Dwyane Wade, Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo.
Dragic and Wade have a team-best 6 points.
Some stat comparisons:
Philadelphia holds the edge in rebounds (16-10), assists (7-4) and points in the paint (18-10). Heat has been called for 9 personal fouls already.
2:44 1Q: Philadelphia 22, Miami 16
The Heat has been outscored 13-5 since Goran Dragic was sent to the bench with 7:25 left in the quarter.
Udonis Haslem talked to both Dragic and Hassan Whiteside while they were on the bench with two fouls each. Wayne Ellington also has two fouls already.
5:19 1Q: Philadelphia 13, Miami 11
James Johnson and Goran Dragic fueled Miami's offense in the early going. Johnson scored the Heat's first 5 points before Dragic scored the next six. Dragic went to the bench with two early fouls less than five minutes into the game. The 76ers then went on a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game.
Miami also already has five early fouls. Philadelphia has none.
8:15 p.m.: Game on.
7:50 p.m.: The 76ers will be going small from the start, with 6-foot-10 Ersan Ilyasova starting at center. Ilyasova started the second half on Saturday and finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds in 31 minutes and 47 seconds on the court. How Hassan Whiteside responds early for Miami will be interesting to see.
7:25 p.m.: Miami will roll out its usual starting lineup for Game 2: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, James Johnson and Hassan Whiteside. Tipoff is about 35 minutes away. The Heat is wearing red tonight.
Original post: The Miami Heat knows it needs this one.
After dropping Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers 130-103 on Saturday night, how the Heat fares Monday night in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center could have major implications on how the rest of the series plays out. A win ties the series at 1-1 before heading back to Miami for the next two games in the series.
A loss, however, drops the Heat to 0-2 and would make it an uphill battle for the Heat to stay competitive in the series. Since the first round of the NBA playoffs expanded to a best-of-7 series in 2003, only five teams that fell behind 0-2 to begin the playoffs won four of the final five games to advance to a second round, according to OddsShark.
The Heat is 10-6 all-time when a 7-game series starts 1-1. and 1-4 when it falls behind 0-2 . Its lone series win after dropping the first two games: the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on TNT and locally on Fox Sports Sun.
We will provide updates and analysis here throughout the game. Until then, here's a look back at our coverage to get you ready for the action:
▪ Setting better screens, getting Josh Richardson going among Heat priorities in Game 2
▪ Goran Dragic looking for improved results against familiar Sixers’ nemesis
▪ Heat pushing Hassan Whiteside to get back to being a 'force' regardless of Sixers lineup
▪ From columnist Greg Cote: This Heat season — and his own wavering future — depends on Hassan Whiteside rising up
▪ Heat preparing for Joel Embiid's return in Game 3
▪ Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo 'did OK' in playoff debut, but much more is needed