MIAMI – Dwyane Wade jumped on a court table and banged his chest three times. He made a victory lap by waving a towel. He was assaulted by his teammates.
It was part of games that meant more.
But bigger moments – there has not been much, if any, of it.
Wade's 3-point score at the end of the match, while he was flat and clear, brought the Miami Heat to a 126-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, a match in which the Heat lost 24 points. a points lead and had to collect four points at the last minute.
"I've been in this position so many times and so many times that you're not doing it," said Wade. "And the one I'm doing is a punch on one leg. It's crazy. Great to do it in front of the fans. "
Kevin Durant managed one of two free throws 14 seconds from time, placing Golden State by two. The Heat had no waiting period, no way to stage a play and it was impossible for anyone to tell what had happened.
Wade brought the ball, went into the lane, stuttered and lost the ball for a brief moment. He picked it up and took it to Dion Waiters, who was double and could not shoot. The waiters sent him back to Wade, who shot in the air on Durant then got himself blocked for the first time by Jordan Bell.
Wade picked up the rebound with about a second left.
On the glass, for the victory.
From there, bedlam.
Fans burst with cheers. Some of the Warriors watched the broadcast with an air of disbelief and after a while, the Warrior star Stephen Curry came to congratulate after their last face-to-face meeting before Wade retired after that season.
"I told Steph," I needed this one for my departure. You'll have enough, said Wade. "But it was cool. I think the best thing for me is that I have younger teammates who have heard about some things you do but do not always have the opportunity to see them. "
Wade scored 25 points to help Miami take a series of six home defeats.
"Sometimes you just have to be lucky," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra after a long hug against Wade in a jubilant dressing room. "We have had so many of these breaks going against us."
Goran Dragic led the Heat with 27 points. Josh Richardson added 21 and Miami scored 18 3 points.
Klay Thompson scored 36 points for the Warriors. Durant added 29 and Curry scored 24 for the Warriors, whose lead over Denver at the Western Conference summit was reduced to half a game.
On February 10, Golden State pulled together to win 120-118 at home, and made its way from an even bigger hole this time – but could not complete it. . Wade's 3-pointer with 15 seconds left Miami 124-123, and he created another one when the Heat needed it the most.
"Dwyane just hit an incredible shot," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "He was coming in as soon as he left his hand."
Dragic had 25 points at half-time, getting 20 of those in the second quarter alone – setting heat records for a quarter and a half on a reserve. He had 11 points in 69 seconds in the second quarter and two free throws with 2:59 left in the half gave Miami a 69-45 lead.
Even in the first half, a 24-point lead would have been enough against most teams.
Warriors, of course, are not most teams.
The three consecutive points of Durant and Thompson helped Golden State reduce the lead to 74-59 at halftime. The Warriors reduced the lead on seven occasions twice in the third quarter and continued to lose ground in the fourth quarter. Draymond Green hit at 3 points from the right corner at 8:20 then 106-103. when Curry connected deep into the next possession.
The warriors led for 1:14 in the second half. Wade did not let them go with his head.
"He has something special in the fact that he's playing a play like this, his last year in this building," Curry said. "I'd rather see him jump on the scoring table while we're not in the field, deep down, it was cool to see even though we lost."