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National Basketball Association capsules: Heat snap 76ers 17-game winning streak, even up series

Sixers grab 1-0 series lead over Heat in first playoff win in six years Sixers vs. Heat Game 2: Why it will be a shootout
Rita Gibson | 17 April, 2018, 10:11

The #3 seed Sixers and #6 seed Heat squared off for game two Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers had won 17 consecutive games before losing to Miami in Game 2 at home.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown knows that All-Star center Joel Embiid is far from thrilled with being sidelined through the first two games of their first-round series against the Miami Heat.

"I just came in with an aggressive approach", Wade said afterwards.

If you're good, they will watch.

The Sixers had started confidently, building a seven-point cushion to lead 29-22 at the end of the first quarter. 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.

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With a commanding 56-42 advantage at half-time, the heat closed out the encounter with professionalism and ruthlessness in the second period.

But the hosts were then obliterated in the second period as the Heat went on a scoring spree, with Wade amassing 21 first half points.

Philadelphia rallied relentlessly and it looked ominous for Miami as the Sixers closed the gap to two points at 98-96. He was well backed-up by Goran Dragic who scored 20 points.

After Monday's game, Embiid took to Instagram to vent his frustrations, writing, "F--ing sick and exhausted of being babied".

"Without getting into private conversations, the flavor that he delivers in our conversations - our private conversations - he just wants to play basketball", Brown told the press after the Sixers' 113-103 Game 2 loss to Miami. "And when he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated, and we respect his frustration".

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