Dwyane Wades Lifts Heat Past Clippers

Source: Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald

Heat_Dwayne_Wade_2013The two-time champs didn’t disappoint.

Led by Dwyane Wade, the Heat defeated the Clippers 102-97 at AmericanAirlines Arena in the first game this season between two opponents many believe will be playing for the NBA title come June. Clippers point guard Chris Paul entered the game playing better than just about everyone in the NBA, but Wade was the dominant guard in the fourth quarter of a close game. He had 11 points in the final period to go along with three assists.

The most impressive of those passes was the one Chalmers begged Wade to convert with 1:09 to play. Chalmers was already past the timeline and nearing the opposite corner moments after LeBron James pulled down a defensive rebound and found Wade with an outlet pass. With his head up and charging hard down the court, Wade immediately spotted Chalmers and was preparing for a long pass.