The Stat Line Of The Night — 2/15/11 — Dwyane Wade
Heading into last night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Dwyane Wade’s status remained uncertain as he was believed to be nursing a sprained ankle. He would eventually suit up for the Miami Heat, and wasted little time putting any questions regarding his health to rest.
Wade was on fire early and often, scoring 22 points in the opening quarter to help put the Heat up by 22 after the first 12 minutes. They would squander that lead, but eventually held on for the 110-103 victory, thanks in large part to Wade’s 41 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. He, LeBron James and Chris Bosh would combine for 90 of the Heat’s 110 points, proving to everyone that they don’t necessarily need depth as long as “the Big Three” are on their game.
The Heat have struggled with the Pacers this season, losing to them once and squandering an enormous first quarter lead last night before pulling away with a late fourth quarter rally. Much of that was the result of the hard-nosed play from the likes of Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough, but even their valiant effort was not enough to stop Wade on this night, as he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, February 15, 2011.