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Video: LeBron to Wade game winning ally-oop for Heat

Dec 30, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

Two games in a row it is Dwyane Wade with the game winner.

This time he got a little help from the Timberwolves (who played a feisty game to stick with the Heat). It was 101-101 with six seconds left and the Heat ran Wade off a series of picks curling back into the lane. Wayne Ellington starts out on Wade but quickly gets picked on the first screen by Shane Battier, Ricky Rubio switches on and keeps chasing Wade off the next picks. Ellington floats out with Battier but his responsibility is to come back and protect the rim. He’s late (watch him see it too late and try and get the pass but miss) and Wade has a relatively easy catch-and-shoot on the lob from LeBron James.

Timberwolves, you can always run a zone (or at least a defense with some zone principles) in that situation. Just sayin’.

The Heat are 4-0, but they haven’t been blowing anyone’s doors off the last couple games. Still counts just the same. And Wade is 2-0 on game-winning shots this season.

  1. ballsooharduniversity - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    being a heat fan, this game and the one against charlotte scare me. we are playing to close of games when we should be blowing teams out. we are still closing teams out but…

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 31, 2011 at 12:12 AM

      I can see blowing Charlotte out, but people are starting to under estimate the Wolves. They have been competitive in all 3 games so far. Easily could be 3-0. They lost to arguably the best team in the east, Miami by 2, lost by 3 at Milwaukee after being down 20, and lost to Oklahoma City, maybe the best team in the west by 4.

      • ballsooharduniversity - Dec 31, 2011 at 12:52 AM

        very true about the t-wolves..rubio is proving people wrong, however it is still worrisome w the lack of an inside game (due to lack of big, physcial center which joel anthony is not)

  2. missmomo1 - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    This was the same play the Celtics ran against the Heat with Rondo.

  3. nbascreed - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Big heat fan here. Not sure I’d worry too much about the close games against the Bobcats and Lobos. Remember these are one time visits for the Heat and both the cities and teams get UP for the Heat. If the Heat when by 1 against these guys at home then I’d be worried, but on the road at the start of the season not a problem. The big thing is the Heat executed down the stretch and if it was not for Jimmy’s bone headed full court heave to Bosh…err…Haslem….wait…Bosh??? Then Heat win by 3.

  4. adamthompson24 - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    After this play they clearly discuss the imperfection of Bron’s lob pass..that there was some level of miscommunication. It’s in the body language that we see who the big brother is…and that Lebron is still a kid at heart, feeling the heat of the big moment. This is not hating on Lebron but just analyzing the situation.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 31, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Just going to get better and better. Going to be an awesome season.

  6. borderline1988 - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Great play call by Spoelstra:

    Kevin Love..what a horrible defender. When the player you are covering is a 6″11 forward and sets a screen for a 6″4 superstar dashing to the rim…you HAVE to hedge the roller. Love never even looked at Wade. He probably never even called the Bosh screen out to his teammates. Instead, he simply pushed Bosh out to halfcourt and further got in the way of Rubio trying to track Wade down.
    That is inexcusable for an NBA player, especially for one who supposedly has high basketball IQ.
    At the very least, he should have recognized what was happening (since he was watching the whole play develop) and then called out to the weak side defenders to come to the rim.

    I feel bad for Rubio – he’s made to look dumb here even though he had no chance b/c of Love’s idiotic defensive mistakes.

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