Goran Dragic’s playoff streak for Heat trails only Dwyane Wade, LeBron James
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James know that The Dragon has truly awakened from his slumber in the 2020 NBA playoffs. Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic torched the Boston Celtics for the second consecutive game, leading his team to a 106-101 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. The 34-year-old Slovenian star poured in a team-high 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field and 3-of-7 from deep, along with five assists, and three boards in 34 minutes of play.
Apart from helping Miami take a comfortable 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven affair, Dragic also managed to etch his name to the Heat franchise record books in the process. The 6-foot-3 guard recorded his 28th consecutive double-figure scoring in the playoffs, which moved him to fourth All-Time in the team’s history. Dragic just trails Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade who achieved it twice and current Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.
Dragic has extended his streak of double-figure scoring playoff games to 28, the fourth-longest streak in franchise playoff history. The only names above him on the list are Dwyane Wade (twice) and LeBron James.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 18, 2020
Goran Dragic started the 2019-20 campaign slow after coming off a right knee surgery the year before. Some pundits thought his best years were already ahead of him, as undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn took over the Heat’s starting point guard duties. The one-time All-Star, however, got more comfortable in the coming months and actually had a bounce-back year, tallying 16.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in 59 regular-season games.
Dragic proved his value in the postseason for the red-hot Heat and is a big reason why the Erik Spoelstra-mentored team has won 10 of its first 11 playoff games. The veteran playmaker will be hitting the free agency market this offseason, and it looks like a big payday will come his way after his magnificent performance this season.