The Miami Heat were able to break their disastrous three-game winning streak on the road by pounding the Washington Wizards 99-90 in their first of four home games. This game was extremely close until the fourth quarter when a certain player by the name of Dwyane Wade decided enough was enough and shut the door.
There was one stretch when Wade scored on a three-point play, assisted on the next three Heat baskets, made a short jumper, than assisted Chris Bosh on a corner three. There came a point down the stretch of the fourth quarter when the ball was given to Wade on almost every possession due to how well he was performing. Even LeBron James, who had a mediocre night by his standards, praised Wade for how well he handled the crunch time scenario.
What is so surprising about this performance is that came on the second night of back-to-back games. Wade has typically sat out one or both of these games throughout the season, so for the veteran guard to rack up 47 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in this recent back-to-back set is wonderful sign for the Heat organization of things to come.
Wade’s presence is arguably one of the most important factors for the Heat heading into the playoffs, and these recent strings of dominating performances from him are a sign that the offseason therapy worked. Wade has now proven that progress has been made since the beginning of the season (in terms of his knees), and these dominating performances will become more common.
The Heat organization is hoping this version of Wade will be enough to propel them to a fourth franchise NBA championship.