Thompson added 31 points - 16 in the fourth quarter - and five assists as Golden State played their last home crowd match-up before the best-of-seven series moves to San Antonio.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pinpointed his team's failure to threaten from distance as the principal factor in the loss.
The third period has been the difference in both games of this opening round series. "It definitely gave us a little bit more confidence after they had the momentum". "He is one of the all-time greats. That made it very hard".
Four very quick fouls stifled that momentum, however, as the Sixers scored just four points over the first 7:34 of the second as Miami closed the gap to take the lead. 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.
A 10-2 surge by the Sixers, capped with a three-pointer by Saric, got them within eight (93-85) with 8:58 remaining. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.
"But in the second half we matched that effort level and physicality and were able to get that upper hand".
Game 3 is Thursday night in Miami.
Wade was brilliant in Game 2 with 28 points off the bench, and his string of timely plays as the Miami Heat were in the midst of a fourth-quarter collapse resulted in a 113-103 victory and a 1-1 series heading to Miami.
It was a superb display from Wade, a three-time National Basketball Association champion who started this season with Cleveland before re-joining Miami in February before the trade deadline.
Wade was red-hot in the first half, scoring 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.
Dwyane Wade turned back the clock and led the Heat with 28 points.
"I play the game for these moments", Wade said.
"I do know the spirit he delivered that [Instagram story] you just talked about reflects my conversations with him". It doesn't catch me by surprise but I love seeing it. "I just want the green light to play". "When seeking to become a whole team, you need Joel Embiid".
Having split the first two games in Philadelphia, the Sixers are Miami-bound for Games 3 and 4 on April 19 and 21.
Joel Embiid is getting restless sitting on the sidelines.
When asked about the Instagram post, Embiid told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne: "I promised the city the playoffs and I'm not on the court and I may not be on Thursday either".