But even great games need a signature moment. And in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Wade delivered in a big way.
He stepped in front of a telegraphed Danny Green dish and raced downcourt. With only Gary Neal standing between him and the basket, Wade sidestepped the San Antonio sniper and threw down a delicious right-hand dunk.
Even Wade himself couldn't help but get caught up in the nostalgic feel of the play:
Wade on his dunk on the break: "That was a little vintage right there."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 14, 2013
It was certainly a throwback Thursday kind of night for the highly scrutinized Heat star. And the images his execution was conjuring up didn't all come from his personal collection:
Dwyane Wade becomes first player in 25 years to tally 32 points & 6 steals in a Finals game (Isiah vs. LAL in 1988).— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 14, 2013
And don't forget, all of this (the points, the steals, the six boards, those 40 minutes) came from a guy who's been playing on one leg all season:
LeBron, when asked if Wade is hurt: "Of course he's hurt. He's been playing on a bum knee all year."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 14, 2013
Judging by the video evidence above, that must be one heck of a leg.