Mills' Spurs, Simmons' 76ers lose in National Basketball Association

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Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance to lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers and tie their playoff series at 1-1.

The defeat ended Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak that stretched all the back into the regular season as far as March 13.

The 36-year-old flashed the form of a three-team National Basketball Association champion with the Heat, not the journeyman who bounced around the last two seasons with forgettable stints in Chicago and Cleveland. Less than a minute later, he tried his infamous pump fake twice on Robert Covington, but Covington didn't bite, so Wade hit a turnaround fadeaway, giving the Heat a 16-point lead.

The 76ers cut the deficit down to two with just over four minutes to go, but Wade sparked another Heat run with a steal and slam in transition.

The Heat were up 109-100 when Kelly Olynyk stole Dario Saric's pass with a little over 15 seconds left after a missed Dwyane Wade free throw.

Wade, who also had seven rebounds and three assists, was backed by 20 points from Goran Dragic and 18 points from James Johnson.

Ben Simmons (24 points) and Saric (23) led 76ers. Having a 7-foot ace in the hole is nice, but as the series heads back to Miami, the Heat look capable of dragging things out at minimum, with Wade as the closer they needed all season.


In Oakland, Australia's Patty Mills scored 21 points but it was not enough as the San Antonio Spurs fell again to the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant was unstoppable as well, putting up 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. But once again, with Stephen Curry watching from the sideline, Andre Iguodala (14 points) and JaVale McGee (10 points) played extremely well on the offensive and defensive end to frustrate the Spurs.

His status for Thursday's Game 3 in Miami has not yet been determined.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.

The Heat halted that in game two by sending a rotation of defenders to get in Simmons' face and harass his shooters. The Philadelphia 76ers dropped their game two matchup with the Miami Heat, marking their first loss in over a month.

And the 76ers kept coming, a Simmons basket in transition drawing them within 93-87, with a Saric driving layup later pulling Philadelphia within 96-92 with 5:47 to go.

The visiting Pelicans stunned the Trail Blazers with a comeback win in game one. They bounced back from their 27 point loss on Sunday in a big way; they were in control of this game for most of it.

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