Thanks in large part to the outstanding play of Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat managed to walk away with a 113-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Monday night’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup. Following the game, Wade received praise from one of the greatest players to have ever worn a Sixers uniform: Allen Iverson.
Allen Iverson to Dwyane Wade last night: “Hey, you a bad mother******"
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) April 17, 2018
Wade, now 36 years of age, turned back the proverbial clock on Monday night. In his 26 minutes of action off the Miami bench, the former Marquette Golden Eagle turned in 28 points on a remarkable 11-16 shooting from the field, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. All in all, Wade finished with an overall plus/minus score of +16 — better than any other that night.
“It’s just in my DNA,” Wade told ESPN after Monday’s Game 2 win over the Sixers. “I love the stage.”
“Father Prime,” as Wade is affectionately known, went off in the second quarter, but most would say that it was his defense that sealed the game.
According to BasketballReference.com, Wade joined Karl Malone, Reggie Miller and Tim Duncan as the only players since 2000 to record 25+ points and 2+ steals in a playoff win at the age of 36.
D-Wade had 28 points and 2 steals, including a huge one that sealed the win for the #Heat.
Since 2000, only Malone, Miller, and Duncan have had 25+ points and 2+ steals in a playoff win at Wade's age https://t.co/73wdPzUoxL pic.twitter.com/DSRXkbwn90
— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) April 17, 2018
“I saw moments,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what defines Dwyane Wade.”
Wade and the Heat will be back in action on Thursday night, as they’re scheduled to face the Sixers in Game 3. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. EST inside American Airlines Arena with TNT having live broadcast coverage. With the series tied at one game apiece, both teams will be looking for a solid outing. Until then, have a go at some of Wade’s Game 2 highlights.