Best single-game performances: 9
9. Dwyane Wade, Heat: 2006 Finals, Game 3
Game Score: 34.1 Result: Heat 98, Mavericks 96 Series: Heat win in 6
The Heat seemed all but dead when they trailed Dallas by 13 points with 6:34 left in Game 3. Already down 2-0 in the series, Miami rallied thanks to Wade's explosion down the stretch. He scored 12 points in the final six minutes to finish with 42 points and 13 rebounds, and Miami improbably came back to win by two on a late Gary Payton jumper. Wade broke up a pass on the Mavs' final play to clinch the victory and start the Heat's streak of four straight wins to claim the championship.
Wade made five of seven shots in Miami's late rally and came up with the game's most important rebound when Dirk Nowitzki's potential game-tying free throw caromed off the rim with three seconds left.
Even before that point, Wade did all he could to keep the Heat in the game. Wade's forays to the rim yielded 18 free throw attempts; he had only one turnover in 43 minutes on the court; and he scored or assisted on 13 of the Heat's 19 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half, as the Heat's nine-point halftime lead turned into a double-digit deficit because of a lack of production by Wade's teammates. As it turns out, he didn't need much help.
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