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JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat in game one of round one of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 14, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

At the hub of all of that success Ben Simmons, who scored 17 points, had 14 assists and 9 rebounds in the Sixers' first playoff win since May 23, 2012, when they beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. He was well backed-up by Goran Dragic who scored 20 points. Saric broke up a pass on defense that led to a Simmons dunk and suddenly 18 straight wins was within reach. Moments later, he put the win on ice with an 18-foot jumper with 45.8 seconds to play.

Miami will play host to Game 3 on Thursday.

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Brown won 47 games his first three seasons as the Sixers underwent the Process - and 52, plus Game 1 this season.

He came off the bench and provided Miami with a scoring punch finishing with a game-high 28 points, seven rebounds - passing Larry Bird for 10th all-time in career playoff scoring. After collecting 35 assists on Saturday and scoring 130 points, Philly finished with 22 assists Monday. But Wade helped the Heat finish it off. The Heat have some quality players, and a quality coach in Erik Spoelstra.

Some are comparing Simmons to Magic Johnson, but we're going to hold off and reserve judgment on that right now, unless Simmons plays center, runs the point, mixes in some outside jumpers and basically beats whoever is front of the Sixers to win an National Basketball Association championship-like Magic did to the Sixers his rookie year in Game 6 of the National Basketball Association in 1980.

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If Wade can give the Heat those sorts of performances throughout this series the upset might be live for the Heat. In Game 2 Philadelphia had the same mental, but the Heat were ready this time and were able to take the home team's biggest punches and throw some of their own.

As a result, what could have been a tension-filled final minute turned into an exercise in watching the clock run out - and watching a 17-game winning streak come to an end.

Simmons dished and dazzled in the paint and the Heat had no answer for Sixers reserves Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova.

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