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Dwyane Wade passes Larry Bird on playoff scoring list with vintage display against 76ers

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Trailing 1-0 in the series after a loss in the opening game of their first-round matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Miami Heat needed an inspiration to bounce back and level things up.

In game two at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night, up stepped veteran Dwyane Wade to provide exactly that.

The 36-year-old rolled back the years and produced a throwback performance that enabled the Heat to steal home-court advantage and even the series up with a 116-103 win.

Wade - arguably the greatest player in the franchise's history - posted 28 points on an efficient 11-of-16 shooting in just 26 minutes.

The men from South Beach were desperate not to return home with a 2-0 deficit and were buoyed by the experience of the future Hall of Famer.

Miami is a team devoid of any real superstars, which is why they brought Wade back in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in February, to provide in moments like this.

His career may be winding down and he may not be able to get around the court and dominate games like he used to on a frequent basis, but the three-time champion still has enough in the tank to take over from time to time.

"A lot of people think that if you do decide to go out it's because you weren't supposed to be able to play no more. It's not always supposed to be that," Wade told ESPN after the game.

With his 28-point outing, the 12-time All-Star also entered the top-10 in the all-time playoff scoring list, passing the legendary Larry Bird with 3,898 points.

He also made a piece of franchise history with a terrific first half display. He scored the most points by a Heat player off the bench in a single half in the playoffs over the last 20 years (21 points).

The shooting guard was trash talking with comedian Kevin Hart for much of the night and he admitted that it gave him motivation on the floor.

When asked by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne what prompted his big night, he replied: "Kevin Hart. You can thank Kevin Hart for that."

Performances like this will inevitably lead to questions about Wade's future and he admits he's still undecided about whether to continue playing after this season.

"Just taking time to think, that's all I'm doing," Wade said. "Taking time to think and looking at every angle and what's the best situation for me to be in. That's all. It's a lot of different, it's a lot of different things that come into play."

For now, the D.Wade story is not over yet and Heat fans will hope that it continues for a while longer in the form of a deep playoff run.

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Topics:
Philadelphia Sixers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
Allen Iverson
Dwyane Wade
Larry Bird

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