Dwyane Wade rolled again the years on Wednesday night time, draining a three-pointer on the buzzer to provide the Miami Warmth a 126-125 win over the Golden State Warriors.
The 13-time All-Star will retire on the finish of the season however confirmed he’s nonetheless able to delivering clutch pictures. With Miami down by two, Wade drove to the rim with 9 seconds left, solely to be denied by Andre Igoudala.
The Warmth veteran then fed the ball to Dion Waiters, who rapidly handed it again to Wade after being double-teamed. Standing on the high of the important thing with the clock ticking down, Wade’s three-pointer was blocked by Warriors ahead Jason Bell, however the rebound fell kindly for the Warmth guard, as he regained possession.
Despite being precariously balanced on just one leg, Wade threw up another three-pointer, which ricocheted off the board and found its way into the basket.
“It was definitely one of my toughest game-winners that I’ve hit,” Wade was quoted as saying by ESPN. “I remember many years ago when Kobe [Bryant] hit that game-winner on me in L.A. at the top of the key off the glass, and I couldn’t understand how he could bank a 3 off the top of the key like that. Same thing. It doesn’t make sense, but this definitely is special, especially in my last year. To be able to have special moments.”
Crucial though the buzzer-beater was, there was a lot more to Wade’s game than just the winning shot. The 37-year-old came off the bench to score 25 points, shooting 10-for-17 from the field in 26 minutes and adding seven rebounds and three assists.
For Wade this season has been a protracted farewell tour and he admitted moments such as the one on Wednesday night were made even more special by his impending retirement.
“It is particular for me,” he defined. “Clearly as a workforce we wanted this win unhealthy, however we saved combating, everyone. I have been on this place so many occasions, and so many occasions you do not make the shot.
“And the one I make is a one-legged flick from my chest, it is loopy. However nice to do it in entrance of the followers. It is a enjoyable second.”
The win improved the Warmth’s file for the season to 27-33 and whereas Miami stays 10th within the Japanese Convention standings, it’s simply 0.5 video games behind the Charlotte Hornets, who at the moment maintain the ultimate playoff spot.
The Warriors, in the meantime, slipped to 43-18 for the season however stay high of the pile within the Western Convention, with a 0.5-game margin over the Denver Nuggets.
Down by as many as 24 factors at one stage within the first half, Golden State roared again into the sport and seemed on track to win till Wade’s buzzer-beater.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant mixed for 53 factors, whereas Klay Thompson completed with 36 factors.
Each groups are again in motion on Thursday night time, with the Warmth touring to Houston and the Warriors taking over the Magic in Orlando.