Our 13th entry takes us to April 16, 2018. Miami had played an abysmal second half in Game 1 to suffer a 27-point loss and go down 0-1 in the series. In Game 2, the Sixers had an early 15-11 lead before Dwyane Wade checked into the game.
And Wade — who had just joined Miami via trade two months earlier — went right to work. Bam Adebayo set him a screen, giving Wade space to make a floater. Then Kelly Olynyk gave Wade a screen for an open jumper. And then in semi-transition, Wade scored a layup on J.J. Redick. The first quarter still wasn’t over, but Miami was still down.
That soon changed. Wade made two fade-away jumpers early in the second to give Miami a 30-29 lead. And it grew. At the 5:21 mark of the second quarter, Josh Richardson stuck with Redick as he tried to get a screen for an open jumper. But the third-year guard blocked Redick and then made a mid-range jumper. Miami went up 40-31.
In the closing seconds of the half, Wade made a driving layup to give the Heat a 56-42 lead. He was 7-for-8 from the field.
Early in the third, Richardson made a 3 and then completed a three-point play on a mid-range jumper. The Heat retained their double-digit lead. Goran Dragic and James Johnson played the pick-and-roll game for a nice layup in traffic. Later, Johnson stole an entry pass to Ben Simmons and kicked it ahead to Richardson for a breakaway layup.
Wade checked back into the game with 2:58 left in the third. He promptly hit a turnaround jumper to give Miami an 81-65 lead, prompting Brett Brown to call timeout.
Of course, the Sixers made a run to cut the deficit in the fourth quarter. Ersan Ilyasova tipped in a missed shot to bring Philadelphia to within 98-96. But just after that, Erik Spoelstra subbed Wade back in after a quick rest. Wade promptly came over to knock the ball out of Dario Saric’s hands before darting to the end of the court. Olynyk threw him the pass for the dunk. Miami was up 100-96 with 4:03 left.
On Miami’s next possession, Johnson set a screen for Wade. When Wade saw the opening, he passed it to him for a dunk. Miami went up 102-96. And with 2:30 left, Wade grabbed the offensive rebound off a Dragic miss. The ball swung around to meet Dragic again, who made an open jumper — 104-96.
And with just under a minute left, the ball was in Wade’s hands to ice it. He rose up over Simmons and made the jumper. He finished the game with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds and two steals in just 26 minutes of playing time.