The Miami Heat even the score with the Indiana Pacers by winning at home, 97-94 to take the season series to 1-1. Lebron James was listed as a game-time decision after tweaking his ankle in the previous game, but did play. His superstar counterpart Dwyane Wade to the opportunity to steal the show.
I knew that [LeBron] would be a little timid coming off the ankle early before the adrenaline starts pumping. I wanted to be aggressive early on and it lasted the entire game.
Wade finished the night with a season-high 32 points, 15-for-25 from the field. Lebron went for 24 points even with his ankle at about a seven out of ten on the health scale.
For Heat fans, watching Wade brought back memories of the 2006 Dwyane Wade that delivered the franchises first NBA championship. During that playoff run he averaged 28.4 points per game.
Wade at times has been critizied for his injuries and the effect it has had on games. Tonight proved a healthy Dwyane Wade is still a force to be reckoned with in the NBA.
Although the Heat were down by 15 at one point in the second half, Wade’s play along with two clutch three-point shots from Chris Bosh and Ray Allen gave them the win. The two Eastern Conference powerhouses don’t match up again until late March.