Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Joel Embiid's "f****** sick and exhausted of being babied"

In the Eastern Conference, Dwyane Wade produced a vintage performance as the Miami Heat ended ended Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak to level their series 1-1.

The Miami Heat's 36-year-old guard was the best player on the court during his team's Game 2 win over the 76ers.

Embiid has been medically cleared to return and his status for Game 3 has not been determined. When Philly made their late push it was Wade who came up with key shots, steals and assists to pull Miami to the finish line.

The Heat guaranteed at Game 5 next Tuesday in Philadelphia. Dario Saric added 23 points, and Marco Belinelli had 16 off the bench.

Simmons still finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists but Philadelphia couldn't play at the fast pace it wanted.

The Heat scored five quick points to open the fourth, going up 91-75 just 56 seconds in.

Richardson, held to four points on 1 of 7 shooting Saturday, bounced back with 14 points including eight in the third quarter as the Heat maintained its lead.

Though Covington was a victim to Wade's fadeaway on that play, the three-time National Basketball Association champ was a victim to the Sixers' defense through most of the second half.

Heat veteran Dwyane Wade came off the bench, steadied his squad and hit clutch baskets.

Wade actually outscored the Sixers 15-13 in the second, with the 13 points scored the fewest for the 76ers in a quarter this season. After scoring his 17th point, Wade moved past Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird for sole possession of 10th place on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list with 3899 points. After being pummelled from three (Philly shot better than 62 percent in Game 1) 130-103, they seemed very focused on slowing Philly down and messing up their pace of play. Saric broke up a pass on defense that led to a Simmons dunk and suddenly 18 straight wins was within reach.

"He really hasn't done anything like feeling a body", Brown said.

Those who backed the Heat on the moneyline were pleasantly rewarded as the Sixers were a 6.5-point favorite according to the oddsmakers at BetDSI. Joel Embiid changes the dynamics in many ways of this team. "His frustration is born out of competitiveness".

Ilyasova got the start at center for the first time in Embiid's absence over Amir Johnson.

Wade certainly took that advice and ran with it, going 11 of 16 from the field for his 28 points. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.

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