The tributes came from everywhere. Whether it was from Budweiser, Gatorade, or even Wade’s son Zaire, everyone came out last night to show their love and respect to the greatest south Florida sports figure of all time during Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami last night.
It was a game that saw Wade score the first points with a two-handed dunk. As the Heat ran away with the lead, things turned into more of an all-star game mentality with around 6 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Everything was already settled at that point. The 76ers entrenched as the 3 seed in the East, the game in hand, and the realization that the Pistons had already won their game to officially knock the Heat out of playofff contention.
But all of that didn’t matter last night. The crowd was in its feet in what felt like a playoff atmosphere. Celebration was in the air.
And for good reason, as both Wade and Haslem, career-long friends and teammates, entered the game together one last time in the Heat’s house. Both players shined together one last time in front of the home crowd, hitting jumpers and 3 pointers and seemingly leading a parade like the days of the big 3 on Biscayne Blvd.
At the end of the night, Wade ended with 30 points. A fitting end to a legendary career. But most of all, we all got to experience 3 on the home court one more time.