Dario Saric added 23 points, and Marco Belinelli had 16 off the bench. Going back to the 2011 playoffs when the Heat faced the Sixers in game one of the opening round, Wade dropped 17 points and five assists.
Ben Simmons continued his poised play at the point, finishing the night with 24 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. One thing is clear: this team really missed Joel Embiid.
The Sixers' All-Star center already missed the final eight games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs as he continues to recover from surgery to fix an orbital bone fracture. Not for the rest of the Sixers, though.
We might be hearing about the final play of tonight's game from now until Game 3.
There has been hope that Embiid will return for Game 3, and coach Brett Brown insists he has no issues with his player publicly airing his annoyance.
"I can't wait to get him back", Brown said.
"I'm just moving along and coaching with what I have, and right now I do not have Joel", Brown said before Monday's game. "And to have him come back and save the day because we lost Game 1, that's not going to happen". If the Sixers can continue the success in causing turnovers and scoring in transition, they will not have to prioritize winning on the boards or shooting almost 50 percent from the field again. In a post to his Story, the Sixers center wrote that he was "f-ing sick and exhausted of being babied". When he isn't in the lineup, three-point shooting takes center stage for a Sixers team that finished in the top-10 in three-point shooting during the regular season. Philly was 11-of-15 from three in the second half of Game 1, but that was out of character. The second quarter was extremely ugly as Miami junked up Philly's offense by putting a ton of ball pressure on Simmons instead of letting him get ahead of steam to create offense for himself and others. "I wish more than anything that I was out there".
Ilyasova got the start at center for the first time in Embiid's absence over Amir Johnson.
With Embiid the Sixers averaged 108.9 points in 74 games.
Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors pulled off a second-half rally to see off the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 and double their playoff advantage.
The 76ers were probably not big fans of Goran Dragic running up the score with a fast-break layup while holding an eight-point lead at the end of Game 2. In four games this season against the Sixers, Dragic made under 35 percent of his shots when guarded by Covington.