After dropping Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers 130-103 on Saturday night, how the Heat fares Monday night in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center could have major implications on how the rest of the series plays out.
The Sixers opened Monday's contest on a tear.
The 15-year National Basketball Association veteran opened the game going 7-of-7 from the field, putting up 21 points in the first half. On the other end of the floor, the Sixers lost their offensive rhythm and flopped and flailed while Miami pulled ahead.
The Sixers did charge back in the second half when Simmons (24 points, eight rebounds, eight assists) and Saric (23 points, eight rebounds, five steals) grew more aggressive.
The Heat guaranteed at Game 5 next Tuesday in Philadelphia. Its lone series win after dropping the first two games: the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
That also didn't work out well, which ended in a disaster, and the team initiating the largest trade and team turnover at once in NBA History, but for Wade, it landed him back to where he belonged, with the Heat.
The Heat is 10-6 all-time when a 7-game series starts 1-1. and 1-4 when it falls behind 0-2.
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