There are still these nights, though far less frequently now, when Dwyane Wade grabs the scoring reigns for the Heat, as he did routinely in the pre-LeBron James era.
Saturday at Wachovia Center was one of those nights, and Wade’s 33-point masterpiece was all the more captivating because it was accompanied by playmaking brilliance from James, who crafted his third triple-double of the season and delivered passes, both routine and remarkable, that his teammates often parlayed into baskets.
With Wade shooting 14 for 18 from the field — and James filling the box score with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists — the Heat methodically dismantled Philadelphia 114-90 to push its season-high winning streak to 10.
“A professional win,” coach Erik Spoelstra called it.
In sweeping its three-game road trip, the Heat extended the second-longest streak of the Big 3 era. It’s two short of Miami’s 12-game run during the 2010-11 season.
Wade scored 17 in the first half and 16 in the second, falling two short of his season-high scoring output. He was pure on his jumper, shooting 9 for 12 on two-point attempts outside the paint, and efficient in the basket area, converting all five of his shots in the paint.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade power Miami Heat past Philadelphia 76ers
Miami Herald | Feb 24