Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade carried the Heat to even its playoff series. Now, they're coming home

The Heat’s Dwyane Wade reacts to his basket in the last minute of Game 2 of a first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers in April.
The Heat’s Dwyane Wade reacts to his basket in the last minute of Game 2 of a first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers in April. AP

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Wade's heroics

Dwyane Wade already has more than his share of magical moments in a Miami Heat jersey.

Add Monday night to the list.

The 36-year-old almost single-handedly carried the No. 6 seed Heat to its 113-103 playoff win against the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center to snap Philadelphia's 17-game win streak and even the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Wade's statline off the bench: 28 points (a Heat playoff record for a reserve) on 11-of-17 shooting, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Coming home with a split on the road was big for the Heat. Miami is 10-6 all-time when a 7-game series starts 1-1 compared to its 1-4 mark when starting with two losses.

And it only seemed fitting that the Heat's first playoff win of the season would roll through Wade, the face of the franchise for all those years and a soon-to-be Hall of Famer. In spurts, he looked and played like the player Heat fans remember from those three NBA championship runs. He made the difficult shots, weaved past defenders and made the quick, smart, efficient passes to teammates just like the old days.

Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat could face the four-time MVP and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, which begin April 14-15. Here is what he said April 6, 2018 as the Heat was preparing to face the New York Knicks.

But most importantly, Wade's performance in specific and Miami's performance overall on Monday showed the Heat does not plan to bow down easily and accept a first-round exit from the playoffs. Just two days after opening the series with an embarrassing 130-103 loss and being outscored by 31 points in the second half, the Heat readjusted and responded with force. It built a lead of as many as 16 points late, fueled primarily by Wade, Goran Dragic (20 points) and James Johnson (18 points).

And then when the 76ers went on a desperation run late in the fourth quarter and even closed its deficit to just 2 points with about four minutes left, Miami never wavered. Instead, the Heat scored 6 straight points in a span of 1:46 to bring its lead back to 8 and keep it for good.

Now, the Heat gets the chance to take charge of the series on its court. Wade gets the chance to execute at his house. The series makes its way to Miami for the next two games.

The first game at AmericanAirlines Arena is set for 7 p.m.Thursday. Game 4 of the series is Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

More coverage from Game 2:

How did Justise Winslow rattle Ben Simmons early on? Solid defense and trash talk.

The Heat is preparing for Philadelphia's Joel Embiid to return in Game 3.

From columnist Greg Cote: The Heat's season - and his wavering future - depend on Hassan Whiteside.

Yankees rout Marlins

The (relatively) good news: Giancarlo Stanton was a non-factor for the New York Yankees on Monday against the Marlins.

The bad news: Everyone else was on top of their game.

The Yankees pummelled the Marlins 12-1 at Yankee Stadium in the first meeting between the two teams since Marlins ownership traded the reigning NL MVP to New York. The Marlins dropped to 4-12 on the year.

Stanton went 0-for-3 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

Stanton, who has struggled at the plate to begin his Yankees career, says there is no bad blood between him and Marlins co-owner/CEO Derek Jeter.

UM hoops gets two transfers

Jim Larranaga will have two new faces on his bench next season.

Oklahoma sophomore guard Kameron McGusty and Wyoming freshman guard Anthony Mack are tranferring to the University of Miami. The hope is that they will help fill the void caused by the graduation of Ja'Quan Newton and the departures of Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker IV to the NBA Draft.

McGusty, who will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, started 25 games for the Sooners over two seasons. Mack, who sat out his first season with concussion issues, will be reunited with high school teammate Deng Gak.

The newest Dolphin

Gavin Escobar probably is not the answer to the Dolphins' big problem at tight end. But he will have a chance to prove otherwise.

Escobar signed with the Dolphins Monday, joining his fifth team since entering the league as a second-round pick in 2013. Escobar, who has just eight career touchdown catches has been cut by the Chiefs, Ravens and Browns and has had four catches since the start of the 2016 season.

More news and notes

Mark Richt isn't ready to give the quarterback reins to Malik Rosier just yet.

Is 'vintage' Dwyane Wade back? His wife Gabrielle Union says he never left.

This explosive leaper is taking her FIU training to new heights.

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