Dwyane Wade: Player of the Night for Opening Action
Stat line: 35 minutes, 10-22 FG, 29 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals.
The 2012-13 NBA season kicked off last night and featured some great performances. Reigning MVP LeBron James scored 26 points pulled down 10 rebounds for the Miami Heat before sitting out most of the second half with leg cramps, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao had the game of a lifetime, scoring nine points and dishing out nine assists while pulling down an astounding 23 rebounds against the Washington Wizards.
However, the top dog of the night was Dwyane Wade, as he fought off a late charge by the Boston Celtics and reestablished himself as the true leader of the Miami Heat while leading his team to victory.
As a result, the game was intense from start to finish, and when James headed to the locker room in the fourth quarter, Wade had no choice but to show fans and players alike why Miami is his town and his alone.
He only scored nine points in the fourth quarter, but Wade did a great job of keeping his team together even in the midst of a 14-3 run by Boston. His defense was as pesky as it's ever been and even caused him to be on the wrong side of Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo's temper, drawing a flagrant foul in the game's final moments. In response, Wade just smiled and sank both technical free throws soon after.
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