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D.Wade shows “Flash” of brilliance in win
With his team mates circled around him, Dwyane Wade stood in the center and said, “Our backs are against the wall..”during the Heat’s pre-game ritual.
This, however, was an understandment…
Because, after getting blown out by 36 points (113-77) in Game 3 by the Spurs, which was the third largest margin of victory in NBA history, the Miami Heat were faced with the fact that no NBA team had ever won a Championship after going down 3-1.
And, with the embarrassing loss still lingering in the minds of Miami fans, the Heat, on the brink of being eliminated, were determined to redeem themselves in Game 4, even though they hadn’t lost consecutive games since Jan.11.
But, with the sense of urgency beating in their chest, they finally played like true NBA champions.
Dwyane Wade, in fact, seemed to have found the fountain of youth as well as his explosiveness after a sub-par performance in Game 2 and Game 1, in which he only scored 10 points.
He, in fact, sprung off the floor for rebounds, hit floaters in the lane, nailed open jumpers, attacked the rim aggressively off the dribble, climbed the sky to block shots and leaped in the air for slam dunks even with an injured knee.
He was literally unstoppable.
And, at the end of the game, the Heat had tied the series 2-games-to-2.
Wade, after all said and done, finished the contest with 32 points, six rebounds, a block shot, six steals and scored four straight points in the 4th quarter in the 109-93 victory over the Spurs.
And, even though, it seemed, as if Wade was a one-man wrecking crew in the Game 4 victory against San Antonio, it was a complete team effort, with the Big Three of James, Bosh and Wade combining for 85 points of the Heat’s 117.
“We knew we’d get shots offensively,” Wade said.
“We just played basketball, we didn’t try to over-think. Right now, it’s a 3-game series……”