Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to help end the 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 win over Philadelphia on Monday in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
“It’s just in my D.N.A.,” Wade said. “I love the stage.”
Wade made 11 of 17 shots, put on a show in the second quarter, and put it away in the fourth.
The 36-year-old Wade flashed the form of a three-time N.B.A. champion with the Heat, not the journeyman who bounced around the last two seasons with forgettable stints in Chicago and Cleveland.
“I saw moments,” Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what defines Dwyane Wade.”
The Sixers sorely needed Joel Embiid, their All-Star center who was out with a broken orbital bone.
It was Philadelphia’s first loss since March 13. They won 16 straight to end the regular season and the first game of the playoffs. This was the team’s 10th consecutive game without Embiid.