The first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs continues today with Game 2 in the Miami-Philadelphia and San Antonio-Golden State series.
The series, knotted at 1 game apiece, will move to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday. Ersan Ilyasova presence on the offensive glass, Marco Belinelli's scoring off the bench and Ben Simmons' steady play at point guard helped Philadelphia pull out to a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Sixers trailed the Heat at halftime, 60-56, but outscored the Heat by 31 in the game's second half.
Philadelphia couldn't quite catch up to the Heat, though, as Wade helped the visitors stay even keeled and the Sixers endured a late rash of turnovers and errant shots. Its lone series win after dropping the first two games: the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. The young team came out swinging in Game 1, but the Heat jabbed back Monday night.
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.