But he was powerless to stop Wade, who scored 28 points off the bench in Miami's 113-103 road win.
Will Joel Embiid be back on the court?
Internally, there is optimism that Embiid will return when the series is in Miami, though it's unclear if he will play in Game 3 on Thursday, according to sources.
This snapped Philly's 17-game winning streak and was the first time they struggled without their All-Star.
With the Heat in need of some offensive punch, the 36-year-old Wade stepped up to shoot an efficient 11-of-16 from the field, proving he still has some big-time shot-making left in the tank, even if it's become a rarer sight in the twilight of his career.
"He just wants to play basketball".
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"[Expletive] sick and exhausted of being babied", Embiid wrote Monday night on his Instagram account.
I do know the spirit at which he delivers that (Instagram post) reflects my conversations with him."When Embiid suffered the injury on March 28, intial reports suggested he'd be out 2-4 weeks".
The Heat guaranteed a Game 5 next Tuesday in Philadelphia.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne asked Wade after the game what inspired his performance. He wants to play in front of the fans.
"When he is not able to do that he gets frustrated".
Giving up a franchise-high 130 points in Game 1, the Heat were far from representative of the franchise that prides itself on the defensive end of the floor. "It's born out of competitiveness, it's born out of him wanting to be with his team ..."