Why Dwyane Wade's Heat Game-Winner Was Extra Special After Florida Shooting

Elias Hubbard
March 2, 2018

According to the Miami Herald, Oliver, a passionate heat fan, was overjoyed when the Heat traded for Wade at the National Basketball Association trade deadline and was looking forward to watching Wade play out the rest of his career in Miami.

Dwyane Wade's clutch step-back go-ahead jumper!

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Miami had just seen the last of its 16-point lead vanish with only a few seconds left when Ja'Quan Newton took an inbounds pass and sprinted upcourt. A win on Tuesday, and the 76ers would have clinched the tiebreaker over the Heat.

After hearing that Joaquin was buried in his jersey, Wade tweeted that the tragedy was "way BIGGER than basketball".

With the win, the Heat improved to 31-29 on the season and are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Wednesday.

- Suns at Heat, Monday: A long, critical Miami homestand ends, and it's always entertaining to see Goran Dragic go up against his former Phoenix club.

After the game, Wade was emotional while speaking about Oliver.

- This marked the fourth time that Joel Embiid has played in three games in four nights.

When speaking with reporters following the game, head coach Erik Spoelstra said it was impossible to be oblivious to the energy Wade was throttling throughout the arena. Replays indicated his argument was valid. The Sixers have a two game losing streak (32-27) and only two games in the loss column ahead of Miami.

Boban Marjanovic shocked Denver with five of his season-high 18 points in a late tiebreaking run that lifted visiting Los Angeles to a come-from-behind victory. Rodney Mott left the game early in the third quarter, accompanied by Heat athletic trainer Jay Sabol. Newton finished with 15 points and made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 25 seconds to help Miami stave off UNC's frantic comeback until Berry's shot. "So we take them one game at a time and the good thing about this team is we got multiple guys that played good last night and if we continue to get that and we continue to get multiple guys playing well, then we got a real good chance".

Wade is now 31st on the career scoring list with Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Vince Carter being the only active players ahead of him.

Less than three weeks ago they were still teammates in Cleveland.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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