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. Those represent the best numbers for a Sixers game on the network since May 10, 2003, when Allen Iverson led the team to a playoff victory in Game 3 of the conference semifinals against the Detroit Pistons.
"They say the first game is a feeling out period", said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
The Sixers trailed the Heat at halftime, 60-56, but outscored the Heat by 31 in the game's second half.
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.
Brown admitted afterward it was the type of game where he wished Embiid was playing before responding to his social media post. "I just want the green light to play".
"When he's not able to do that he gets frustrated and I respect his frustration". "It's born out of competitiveness and its born out him wanting to be with his team".
"You're talking about a superstar, of course we are missing him [Embiid] here", Sixers forward Dario Saric said, adding that when he comes back, everyone feels like "he will kick their [Heat] a-s".
Embiid has been out since suffering a fractured orbital bone and concussion on March 28 versus the New York Knicks. What this means is that the Heat are capable of blitzing the Sixers from the outside, so look for an uptempo, high possession battle in game 2.
This is not the first time Philadelphia has played it safe with Embiid's on-court health.