With the steal secured, Dwyane Wade had a split second to react as his momentum was taking him out of bounds.
In a blink, Wade flicked the ball behind his back to Chris Bosh. Bosh outletted to Norris Cole. Cole lobbed to LeBron James.
And the Los Angeles Lakers were toast.
The spotlight in Miami’s 107-97 victory Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena may have been on the man who finished that play with the highlight-reel dunk and not the man who started it. But Wade’s contribution should not be overlooked.
Yes, James scored 32 points, becoming the first player in Heat history with 30 or more in five straight games, but it was Wade who sparked this win, Wade who had the most breathtaking dunk (and up-and-under reverse slam) and Wade who had 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, making all but one of his seven shot attempts.
Wade is alive and well, it’s just that he’s living in the shadow of LeBron James.
“He’s been making so much history,” Wade said of James, “so I’m glad I can be in a little bit with him.”
Wade was asked whether he’s becoming the forgotten man.
“Oh yeah, but it’s fine,” he said. “I’m not looking for headlines, but I’ve been playing all right. He can have all the headlines. That’s cool. He deserves it. If I’m playing the way I can play, we’re a very, very tough team.”
James disagrees that Wade is being forgotten.