Sport Simmons' 76ers fall to hot Miami Heat

15:57  17 april  2018
15:57  17 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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Ben Simmons and his high-flying Philadelphia 76ers have crashed back to earth with a 113-103 loss to the Miami Heat in game two of their NBA playoff series.

The 76ers entered Monday’s game in Philadelphia on a 17-game winning streak and appeared set to rally from a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to win.

With Simmons pushing the ball and the 76ers’ shooters starting to hit their mark they cut the deficit to two with four minutes to go, but it was the Heat’s veteran Dwyane Wade who came off the bench, steadied Miami and hit clutch baskets.

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On the flip side of the ball, Wade competed hard against Simmons down the stretch. Wade led the team with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting and also had three steals. The Miami HEAT fell to the Philadelphia 76 ers 91-87 Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

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The Heat’s victory levels the best-of-seven series 1-1.

The 76ers, led by Ben Simmons, cut a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to two but the Miami Heat was able to hang on for the win.© Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images The 76ers, led by Ben Simmons, cut a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to two but the Miami Heat was able to hang on for the win. Simmons flirted with another triple-double with 24 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

The 36-year-old Wade top-scored with 28 points.

The Heat game plan was to be more aggressive compared to their lopsided loss in game one on Saturday, with special attention and a rotation of players, including Wade, guarding Simmons.

Wade was impressed with the 21-year-old from Melbourne.

“That kid is not even a kid,” Wade said.

“He’s a basketball player, man.

“He’s great.

“He does so many different things for his team.”

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said the Heat’s aggression was the deciding factor, particularly by pressuring Simmons when he brought the ball up the court.

“I thought the physicality of the game, I give them credit,” Brown said.

“They were bending us backwards.”

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