Dwyane Wade added one more clutch performance to his Hall of Fame career. Wade played against the Warriors for the final time and ended the game with a buzzer-beater.
With only 5 seconds left with game Warriors up by 2 points, the Heat needed a three to win the game. Dion Waiter passed Wade the ball out of double team. The three-time NBA champion took his first shot, but it was blocked by Warriors forward Jordan Ball. The ball bounced back to Wade and drained one of the best shots he ever made.
“It’s special for me,” Wade said after the game. “Obviously as a team we needed this win bad, but we kept fighting, everybody. I’ve been in this position so many times, and so many times you don’t make the shot. And the one I make is a one-legged flick from my chest, it’s crazy. But great to do it in front of the fans. This is a fun moment. I told Steph [Curry] I needed this one on my way out. So y’all get enough, you got enough. I think the one thing cool for me is to be able to do this when you’ve got younger teammates that heard about some of the things you do, but don’t always get an opportunity to see it. So it was cool to be able to do it in front of those guys as well.”
Warriors guard Steph Curry had nothing but respect for the Miami Vet after the game.
“Just a lot of smiles,” Curry said of his message to Wade after the game. “Frustrated smiles from our standpoint. But it was something special, him making a play like that, his last year in this building. I’d much rather see him jumping on the scorer’s table when we’re not on the court with him. But those are iconic moments that he’s had. Deep down it was cool to see even though we lost. … Moments like tonight kind of remind you of how great he is. It just sucks that it was against us.”