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“Damn I Was Really Like That”: Dwyane Wade Recalls His Clutch 43 Point Game In Game 5 During 2006 NBA Finals Run

Ashish Priyadarshi
|Sat Jul 10 2021

Dwyane Wade had one of the greatest Finals run in NBA history in 2006, with the crowning jewel of it all being a 43 point explosion in game five.

The 2006 Finals run by Wade is perhaps one of the most impressive runs of all time. Not only did Wade put up some of the most incredible stat lines, he was also only three years into the league at that point.

To see him dominate the way he was with the limited experience was completely unprecedented. Wade was so good in that series that he gets flabbergasted watching older highlights of himself.

If you want to be equally mesmerized and watch one of the greatest shooting guards of all time go haywire on the Dallas Mavericks, you can watch his highlight reel here.

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Dwyane Wade Was Shook By His Clutch Game Five Performance In 2006 NBA Finals

How impressive was Wade’s 2006 Finals run? Extremely. Looking at the stats itself, you can tell that Wade had himself a historic series against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.

He averaged a whopping 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting at a very efficient 46% from the field.

On top of all that, Wade was only 24 years old at the time. For comparison, Devin Booker is currently 24 years old playing in the Finals against a 26 year old Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s not very often that a young star reaches those levels of success at such an early age.

Wade was also an absolute stud on the defensive end and his quickness and explosiveness with his posterizing dunks earned him the nickname “Flash”, something he backed up on the court every night.

While looking back at his highlight reel from the 2006 Finals, Wade had a moment to himself, surprised at how truly dominant he was. After going down 2-0, the Heat were able to claw their way back into the series, winning games three and four at Miami.

At the time, the NBA gave home court advantage in a 2-3-2 format, so the Heat were back in Miami for a pivotal game five. Wade would take over down the stretch, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot to win the game for Miami and eventually the series in the next game.

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