Victor Oladipo was the unlikely hero for a shorthanded Miami Heat team on Tuesday night that had both Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler in street clothes as they looked to take out the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of this first-round series. It was Oladipo who stepped up for his team, exploding for a team-high 23 points in 36 minutes of action.

After the game, Oladipo had an inspirational message as he discussed his journey to where he’s sitting today. It’s been a rough road for the former All-Star, but through it all, he has remained steadfast and persevering (h/t NBA on Twitter):

“We all human, we all get to that point. If you haven’t, you will at some point in your life,” Oladipo said. “I’ve been fighting even before I was born. I’ve been fighting… I was always counted out. When God gave me this obstacle, I could’ve done two things. I could’ve stopped, or I could have run right through it. And I’m still running through it. No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

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Even this season, many had already counted out Oladipo after he failed to make a significant impact for the Heat. He was in and out of the lineup as the former second overall pick fought to get back to game shape following a lengthy injury spell. Right now, however, Oladipo has emerged as a key x-factor for Miami and he could just be the player that takes this team over the edge this season.