Heat star Dwyane Wade swaps jerseys with Rockets’ Chris Paul
Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul weren’t the focus on Thursday night’s game. Considering their years-long reign as two of the league’s top-five players, it would be easy to assume they might be uncomfortable taking a backseat in their last game as opponents. It didn’t seem that way after the Houston Rockets 121-118 win over the Miami Heat, though, as the future Hall of Famers exchanged jerseys and hugs at halfcourt of Toyota Center.
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It was James Harden, of course, who stole the spotlight during Wade’s last game in Houston. He scored 34 of his 58 points after intermission, bringing the Rockets all the way back from a 21-point deficit. It was Harden’s sixth 50-point game of the season, by far the most in the NBA.
Wade and Paul briefly had the stage, scoring the game’s last two buckets as its outcome hung in the balance. Neither player was anywhere near his best overall, with Wade scoring 12 points on 14 shots and Paul finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists on 4-of-12 shooting. The Heat needed this win, too, fighting like hell to keep pace at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Neither their individual struggles nor Miami’s crushing loss mattered much to Wade and Paul in the end, though, when they shared an embrace on an NBA floor for the final time.
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