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All day, the fans shed tears in response to the touching tributes on social networks. When night fell, the AmericanAirlines Arena was filled with the most energy since the championship trophies were lifted for the last time. There were tributes on video, loud shouts, numbers 3 throughout the building and even at the bank.
It was the closest thing to a story book environment you can get without a title.
All Dwyane Wade needed was a victory to make it perfect.
He and his teammates from the Miami Heat did the work. Wade scored 30 points and Bam Adebayo added 19 when the Heat won a 122-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite the victory, the Heat were eliminated from the playoff contest when the Detroit Pistons defeated the Memphis Grizzlies. It is not clear if Wade will play Wednesday night in Brooklyn.
If this was his last game, Wade received the shipment of his life.
The Heat played with the energy of the crowd all night, opening its first set with a pin-down designed to make Wade open the field in the middle of the floor. The Sixers, who are stuck in the No. 3 seed of the East and had little to play with, gave little resistance in the initial possession, or much of the night, in reality.
Miami had a 19-point lead at halftime, and the Sixers were never close to turning it into a game. Philadelphia shot just 40.8 percent from the floor, including a frightening 5 of 25 from beyond the goal. Joel Wrapped and JJ Redick sat down for cargo management purposes.
Ben Simmons finished with 16 points in 21 minutes. Zhaire Smith was the only Sixers starter to play more than 21 minutes while the team was preparing for the postseason.
It seemed that everyone, from the fans to their fellow Heat, the Sixers, recognized that the night was about Wade. The game bowed well after its scheduled time at 7:30 p.m. ET begins when the Heat honors the shooting guard with a long video pack. The first part was narrated by Shaquille. O & # 39; Neal, the second for LeBron James and the third for his wife Gabrielle Union, teammate Udonis Haslem and the president of the Heat, Pat Riley.
"No matter what stories are ahead," Riley He said in the package, "know that this city will always be proud to represent your name on their backs, because this is, and always will be, Wade County."
The video ended with Wade's son, Zaire, recreating the legendary father of his father. 2007 Commercial converse.
Miami Heat @Miami Heat
From … Robbins, Illinois … 6 feet 4 guards …
@Dwyane Wade. # L3GACY https://t.co/5QnmDYTQu6
"Man, you're going to make me cry before this game," Wade told the crowd. "Man, I love you guys, I'm grateful for this moment, I'm grateful for the whole season."
"I thank you for dancing with me this year, I thank you for your patience this year, I thank you for all your love and for my support this year. I have brothers who will always be my brothers. I love you guys."
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No. 44 greetings No. 3. # L3GACY
Special words for @DwyaneWade from @BarackObama! https://t.co/GADfeq4jT6
They followed more video tributes, with names ranging from Barack Obama to Derek Jeter participating. At halftime, the fans received a video pack published by Budweiser that showed Wade presenting articles by his mother, among others, that told how he had touched their lives off the field.
The legacy of @DwyaneWade is bigger than basketball. See how we surprised him in honor of his #OneLastDance. # ThisBudsFor3 https://t.co/naFsONpRjN
"I'm more proud of the man you've become, than of the basketball player" Jolinda Wade said in the video.. "You're bigger than basketball."
On the court, Wade looked like a man who still had two or three years left. His 30 points came in 10 of 23 shots, and he tripled four triples. Whenever it looked like he was running out of gas, he shot him and American Airlines Arena would explode, giving him and the team the energy to go to another race.
The night ended as it should have been: with a final jersey swap. This was with Zaire, who handed him a Heat No. 2 jersey with its name on the back: an appropriate time when Father Prime finishes his basketball career to go home and be a full-time father.