For the seventh game in a row, Dwyane Wade topped the 25-point mark (pouring in 32 points), as he led the Miami Heat to a thrilling 108-104 win Wednesday night against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.
Wade’s old teammate, LeBron James, was watching in Cleveland after helping the Cavaliers easily take down the Brooklyn Nets 117-92, and correctly predicted that Dwyane would take a pull-up jumper at crunch time to essentially conclude matters.
LeBron, watching as the Heat-Blazers game is on in locker room, mutters "right to left step back" before Wade hits right to left step back
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) March 19, 2015
By the way, the NBA's leader in fourth-quarter scoring this season? Dwyane Wade.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 19, 2015
Wade is playing some vintage ball, and says he hasn’t felt this good physically in a long time.
Dwyane Wade: "This is the best I have felt for a couple of years."
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) March 19, 2015
Per the Sun-Sentinel:
Wade reached the 25-point mark for the seventh consecutive game, closing with 32 points, his longest such streak since Dec. 2010. His floating jumper from the foul line with 13.6 seconds to play put the Heat ahead for good. […] “When I got a chance to get in [in the fourth quarter], they said, Take us home,'” Wade said. “When the guys say, ‘Bring us home,’ they have a lot of faith in me.”
“He just understands the moment right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We don’t have to talk about it: ‘Here’s the ball.’ […] “Quite frankly, in the fourth quarter, the best offensive was to get the ball to Dwyane.”
Dragic added 20 points and 11 assists for the Heat, with Whiteside closing with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Deng with 24 points. […] Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, practically unstoppable with his high-release jumper, led Portland with 34 points, adding 12 rebounds.