Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade doesn’t let a little drama and a stubborn knee keep him from giving Heat fans a retro performance in a Wednesday win against the Indiana Pacers.
Much has been made about Dwyane Wade’s recent comments about the dynamics of the Miami Heat operation, but he let his play speak for him in Wednesday night’s comeback win against the Indiana Pacers at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade scored 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting (11 more shots than LeBron James took) and played 37 minutes. LeBron played 36. In his last three games, Wade has scored 32, 27 and 24 points while shooting at least 60 percent in each outing. Each of those games have come with a night’s rest in between.
As he deals with crippling knees on a daily basis, you never know when these old-school Wade games will come around, but when they do, it is a huge boost to the team. When Wade gets hot, the rest of the Heat continue to feed him–much in the way the team feeds LeBron on most nights.
Chris Bosh had a less-spectacular game, but hit a huge three to tie the game with 1:30 left to complete the comeback. Ray Allen gave Miami the lead on the next possession when he hit his own three-pointer. James assisted on both shots.
.@ChrisBosh on his game-tying 3-pointer: "Those are the situations where you have to have bravery, take a chance & believe in what you do."
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 19, 2013
After David West hit made two free throws, Chris Andersen missed an open jumper and Indiana had a chance to regain the lead. Except James George Hill’s pass with 13 seconds left. That was followed by a series of fouls and Allen hitting two free throws with 10 ticks left to give his team a three-point lead. Allen scored five of his seven points in the final 59 seconds of the game.
With seconds left, Paul George tried to hit the game-tier on a 25-foot jumper, but was defended closely by James and missed. Game over.
Wade got the Heat going, and Miami went as he did.
They battled adversity and played hard.