Dwyane Wade turned back the clock Tuesday night, showing the form that made him beloved by Miami Heat fans in his first run with the team.
And he did so while honoring Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 shooting victims who died Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.
“You really can’t put that in words. You hurt for the family,” Wade told reporters. “If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope the time where he was alive that you were able to bring some type of joy to his life and something memorable. A story that his family and you guys can talk about.”
Wade crafted another story Tuesday with a performance that left teammates and foes in awe of the 36-year-old guard.
“There’s something about Dwyane Wade when you put that Miami Heat jersey on and play in front of these fans,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He becomes somebody very special.”
Sixers guard JJ Redick, who missed a 3-point try at the buzzer that would have won it for Philly, offered his take: “D-Wade down the stretch was amazing.”
Lance Stephenson added 16 points for Indiana, and Bogdanovic had 14 after going 12 of 13 from the foul line.
Middleton led all scorers with 30 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee looked out of sorts at times offensively and alternated near-misses with out-of-control possessions until the near-comeback in the fourth quarter.
“We’re not moving the ball side-to-side as much as we need to,” Middleton said.
Pacers: After an ugly 24-turnover game in a loss Wednesday at Atlanta, Indiana’s 13 turnovers against the Bucks were in line with its season average of 13.4. … Indiana entered 13-16 on the road, matching last season’s win total.
James reflected further on the accomplishment after the game, telling ESPN, “I need my own category,” now that he set himself apart with that statistical achievement. He also posted about the feat on Instagram.