NBA: Top 3 highest-scoring games of Dwyane Wade's career
Dwyane Wade was selected by the Miami Heat with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. After averaging 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in his rookie season, he was named to the All-Rookie First Team. He went on to become one of the greatest shooting guards to ever play in the NBA.
A career filled with accolades, Wade is a 3-time NBA champion and also won the finals MVP award in 2006. The 12-time All-Star is currently playing in his final year in the NBA and came back to the franchise with whom he has spent the most part of his career, Miami Heat. Let us look at three of the highest-scoring games of Dwyane Wade's career.
#3 50 vs Utah Jazz, March 14, 2009
Stat line: 50 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks on 48.7 % shooting
After torching the Boston Celtics, scoring 32 points in the win, Dwyane Wade breathed fire against the Utah Jazz and scored his then career-high (tie) 50 points on 19-for-39 shooting. He hit some of the most insane shots we will ever see en route to his 50 points.
The Jazz were leading 55-51 at the half-time but Wade carried the team on his back in the second half to will them to the victory. In the third quarter, he became the Miami Heat's all-time scoring leader after an easy dunk.
In the fourth quarter, with Heat down by as many as eight points and only 2:33 remaining, he made a tough three-pointer to get the Heat back in the game. Wade's heroics continued in overtime and double-overtime. With 1:54 left in the second OT, Wade pulled up to tie the game 121-121 and then backed it up with another mid-range jumper in defender's face.
In the third and the final overtime, Wade continued his form and made big plays to help the Heat to victory, 140-129.
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#2 50 vs Orlando Magic, February 22, 2009
Stat line: 50 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and a block on 56.7 % shooting
On a night when Wade was hot and toyed with the opposition, the Miami Heat still got blown out by as many as 23 points. Wade finished the night shooting 17-for-30 from the field and was very efficient in the contest.
Even though the Magic jumped to an early lead, Wade kept making tough plays to keep the Heat in the game. No other starter scored in double digits for the Heat, besides Wade and that shows us why the Heat got blown out.
This was Wade's second 50-point game of the season but unfortunately, this came for a losing cause. For the Magic, Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds and made a huge impact in the paint.
#1 55 vs New York Knicks, April 12, 2009
Stat line: 55 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block on 63.3 % shooting
After losing against the Boston Celtics on the road, the Miami Heat were back home to host the New York Knicks. Dwyane Wade exploded for his third 50-point game of the season to lift the Heat over the Knicks.
In the first quarter, he drove past Chandler for a layup, to extend the Heat's lead to 7 points and then followed it up with a mid-range jumper. With 25.7 seconds remaining in the second quarter, he knocked down a step-back three-pointer to tie the game, 63-63.
In the third quarter, with 10:02 remaining, Wade made a wide open three-pointer to give the Heat, a three-point lead. He finished the game with 55 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the Heat won the game, 122-105.