Dwyane Wade would have been in Chicago for a Heat playoff game Friday night if he hadn’t helped eliminate the Bulls with a big fourth quarter two nights early.

So how did Wade fill the opening on his schedule?

By attending the senior prom of an Archbishop Coleman Carroll student who had asked Wade multiple times to attend school events with her.

Wade surprised Nicole Muxo and her classmates at the West Kendall school by showing up just before 9:30 p.m. at the LaJolla Ballroom in Coral Gables. Last month, Muxo asked Wade in a YouTube video to be her date for the prom.

“My senior prom is coming up and I have everything set for a perfect night except for one thing: a perfect date,” Muxo said in the video.

Met by tipped-off TV reporters outside the ballroom Friday night, Wade credited her persistence.

“She continued to keep going for it – no matter how many times I said I am going to be busy,” Wade said.

Wade said Muxo sent her a direct message on Twitter on Thursday saying: “This is the address, this is where I’m going to be just in the case.”

Wade said “when I got that, I said, “I won’t be doing nothing tomorrow night and I can go and make this a memorable moment for her.”

Wade called Muxo moments before walking into the prom “to tell her to have a good night” but did not tell her that he was outside.

“And then I got off the phone and walked in. It was kind of cool,” he said.

Muxo told reporters that she invited Wade because “he’s my favorite player and I think he’s a positive role model.”