The third-seed Philadelphia 76ers rolled all over the seventh-seed Miami Heat on Saturday night in Game 1 of their first round playoff series, winning in a convincing 130-103 fashion. Josh Richardson chipped in 14 points.
Philly fans were going wild and suddenly the home-court edge that had made the Sixers unbeatable for a month seemed like it would perk the team back up for one more notch on the winning streak.
Mills was again given the hard defensive task of guarding the taller Klay Thompson, who had 31 points including connecting on five of his eight three-point attempts. His status for Thursday's Game 3 in Miami has not yet been determined. But Wade helped the Heat finish it off.
He came off the bench and provided Miami with a scoring punch finishing with a game-high 28 points, seven rebounds - passing Larry Bird for 10th all-time in career playoff scoring.
There are two things to watch in the opening game of tonight's National Basketball Association playoff doubleheader between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers: how much Hassan Whiteside plays, and how effective he is when he does. Miami is 10-6 all-time when a 7-game series starts 1-1.
Embiid, who passed concussion protocol this week after suffering a fractured orbital bone, was not cleared to play for Game 2 and let his emotions show on Instagram after watching the Heat tie the series at 1-1.
Very Warm Today, but Storms on Sunday
We will have to keep an eye out for the potential of some slick roads during the Saturday night into Sunday morning period. Rain will change to snow from west to east during the morning hours and continue as snow the rest of the day.
Simmons dished and dazzled in the paint and the Heat had no answer for Sixers reserves Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova. Philadelphia's offense took advantage of Whiteside's presence away from the paint early. The Miami Heat are averaging 108 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 116.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting.
As the Heat racked up fouls (the first eight fouls of the game were called on the Heat), the Sixers built a 29-22 lead off 18 points in the paint and 12 second chance points courtesy of six offensive rebounds.
Whiteside was awful in Game 1 on Saturday night, scoring two points on 1-for-4 shooting with two turnovers in 12 minutes.
All the while, Wade couldn't miss.
Wade's play resembled his glory days at times and he carried the Heat in a sensational second quarter that was the difference. Miami went into the half with a 56-42 lead. Dario Saric, who the Sixers waited for two years to come over while he played overseas, also buried a 3 off an assist from Simmons.