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Dwyane Wade’s steal, dunk in transition define his throwback Game 4 performance (VIDEO)

Jun 14, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO — If there was a single play that showed just how much Dwyane Wade looked like the version we called Flash back in 2006 when he led the Heat to a championship and was named Finals MVP for his efforts, it was this spectacular steal and dunk in transition early in the fourth quarter of Miami’s Game 4 win over the Spurs.

Wade has been limited physically due to a knee issue that has bothered him for much of the season, and he’s still feeling the effects. LeBron James confirmed as much during his postgame comments.

“Of course he’s hurting,” James said. “He’s been playing with a bum knee all year.”

There was nothing bum about Wade in this one, especially on this play which helped reclaim momentum for his team as the Spurs were making their final push.

San Antonio had pulled to within five with just under nine minutes to play, before Wade took control on consecutive possessions. After driving from the top of the three-point arc into the lane and converting a spinning, left-handed floater from eight feet out, he did what Miami as a team has done so often over the course of the season — he used his defense to spark a lightning-quick score in transition.

Wade stepped into the passing lane and picked off a pass from Danny Green, and headed the other way. Gary Neal was back, but Wade brought the ball over his head, before elevating past him for the explosive slam dunk. The Miami lead was nine, and aside from the next possession where the Spurs got back to within seven, San Antonio was unable to get any closer the rest of the way.

The version of Wade we saw in Game 4 was incredible, and this play more than any other showed just how active and aggressive he was able to be during a completely disruptive performance.

“I knew I was on when I took it over the guy’s head and dunked it on the break,” Wade said. “That was a little vintage right there.”

  1. dolphindubs - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Two more games Dwayne! We only need two more games like this from you!

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:38 AM

      I’m just wondering if his knee is really injured or not.

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Mike Miller starting definitely helped Wade and LBJ just to spread the floor and open up the driving lanes a little bit

    • borderline1988 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Nothing of the sort. Miller was terrible in this game (even though he was great in game 3, when the Heat were blown out).

      The Heat won for two reasons:
      1) The defense looked tremendous. They were closing out on the perimeters, rotating on time and blocking shots, rebounding the ball…Even Tony Parker’s 1rst half baskets were mostly well defended. The Spurs never found any sort of rythym the entire game.
      Also, the Heat had a number of transition or secondary transition baskets from steals.

      2) The Heat were hitting their jump shots. They were punishing the Spurs for sagging back on their stars, and constantly cheating going under screens and daring Lebron, Wade and Bosh to shoot. That is what opens up the court for the Heat.
      All of these dumb reporters are talking about Kawhi Leonard’s defense on Lebron. Honestly, Lebron could destroy Leonard in single coverage and if his jump shot is working.

      The Spurs were cheating on defense for the first 3 games, and yesterday it came back to bite them. Lebron and Wade may not have the most consistent jumpers in the NBA, but if you keep giving them wide open 15 footers, they’re going to start kocking them down eventually.

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