Dwyane Wade scored 15 of Miami‘s final 17 points, finished with a season-high 27 and his jumper with 5.9 seconds remaining lifted the Heat to a much-needed 102-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Miami intentionally fouled Ben Simmons with the game tied at 100. The “redshirt rookie” missed the first free throw and made the second.
Down by one, Wade – who wrote the name “Joaquin Oliver” on his shoes Tuesday in honor of a teenager who was killed during the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School and was buried in a Wade jersey – brought the ball downcourt, dribbled left, went behind his back, then to the right, then eventually found his spot to fire over Simmons for what became the game-winner and his season-high 27th points of the night.
“There’s something about Dwyane Wade when you put that Miami Heat jersey on and play in front of these fans,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He becomes somebody very special.”
Goran Dragic scored 21 for the Heat, who also got 16 points from Tyler Johnson and 15 points and 11 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside.
Joel Embiid scored 23 points for Philadelphia, which got 21 from Dario Saric. The 76ers led by as many as 10 in the fourth and had a chance to win at the buzzer, but JJ Redick‘s wide-open 3-point try bounced off the rim.
“D-Wade down the stretch was amazing,” Redick said.
“That’s what he does,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “That’s who he is. That’s who he’s always been. He just sort of grabbed the team and put it on his back.”
– Associated Press