Dwyane Wade says taking over games is ‘just in my DNA’
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade turned back the clock with a vintage D-Wade performance, this time coming off the bench to score a game-high 28 points, ending the Philadelphia 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and tying the first-round series 1-1 as it shifts back to South Beach.
The veteran shooting guard made one ridiculous shot after another, flashing back to a few years ago during his peak form, reminding this generation of what made him one of the most-feared shot-makers with the ball in his hands.
“It’s just in my DNA,” the 36-year-old Wade said, according to The Associated Press. “I love the stage. I play the game for these moments.”
Wade put on a shooting clinic in the second quarter, before putting the finishing touches in the fourth quarter, coming out with steals and making all the right transition plays to secure a road win for his team.
“I saw moments,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what defines Dwyane Wade.”
The Heat icon noted his intent to change the level of intensity with this team, which he did — making it a very competitive battle from the moment he took the court.
“We played Game 1 like a regular-season game and tonight was a playoff game,” said Wade.
The Heat have now taken away the Sixers’ home court advantage and could have some of their own if they capitalize in their two games at home, with big man Joel Embiid still on the shelf for the foreseeable future.