The postseason just can’t come quickly enough for the Philadelphia 76ers.

After officially securing the third seed thanks to a Boston Celtics loss to the Orlando Magic, the Sixers showed no intention of staying competitive with the Miami Heat Tuesday night.

The Heat prevailed 122-99 in Dwayne Wade’s last home game of his career. The game didn’t even feel that close.

The Heat cruised from the beginning hitting six of nine 3s in the opening quarter to take a 34-20 lead. Eventually, the Sixers went down by over 30 points in the second half before outscoring the Heat 39-31 in the final quarter to make the final score a little less ugly.

It was a playoff atmosphere at American Airlines Arena. The Heat will not be going to the playoffs, so this was the last chance for the home crowd to see Wade play.

Wade scored 30 points in 34 minutes and looked like he could have played even longer. He dunked to open the game and hit several vintage Wade shots throughout the game.

This game was his moment to shine, and he didn’t shy away from it.

Meanwhile, the Sixers had nothing to play for entering the game and were yet again not a full strength. Joel Embiid, JJ Redick and Mike Scott sat out the game to rest.

Zhaire Smith Minutes

Due to Redick sitting out, Zhaire Smith was promoted to the starting lineup.

Smith showed flashes of why the Sixers traded for him on trade night. He cut to the basket a few times when off the ball, while showing off his quickness of defense.

He scored a career high 11 points in 30 minutes of game action and shot 4-for-8 from the field.

Maybe Brett Brown will try to find a way to utilize Smith in the playoffs. They could definitely use his defensive versatility but his lack of regular season time may work against him.

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