Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, passing Larry Bird for 10th all-time on the National Basketball Association postseason scoring list, to lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday in Philadelphia.
If the Sixers can force miscues and click on the offensive end as well, they will be looking at a 2-0 series lead.
The Sixers were in red-hot form in the build-up to the contest with their crushing 130-103 Game 1 win over the Heat last week making it 17 consecutive wins for head coach Brett Brown's side.
Wade controlled the tempo of the second quarter during Monday night's Game 2 and poured in 21 points before halftime to help send Miami into the locker room with a 56-42 lead.
The #3 seed Sixers and #6 seed Heat squared off for game two Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.More news: Ian Somerhalder starring in Netflix vampire series 'V-Wars'
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Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season, has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol.
Embiid, as he is wont to do, took to social media in response to the outcome of the game.
"You need Joel Embiid... I just want the green light to play".
Embiid has been sidelined since March 28 after suffering a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. "When he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated". He underwent surgery to fix the fracture. "I wish more than anything that I was out there. It's born out of competitiveness and it's born out of him wanting to be with his team", he said.
Embiid could, however, feature in Game 3 which takes place on Thursday.