Watch Dwyane Wade Take Steal Coast to Coast, Dunk Over Spurs in Huge Game 4

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 14, 2013

The 2013 NBA Finals had reached nightmarish levels for Dwyane Wade through the first three games.

But after a monstrous effort in the Miami Heat's 109-93 win in Game 4, the San Antonio Spurs are the ones set for some sleepless nights. And Wade will be the one playing the role of Freddy Krueger.

The former Marquette standout shattered his previous 2013 playoff highs in points (32) and steals (six). LeBron James said Wade was back to being "Flash," at least for one night.

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.

 

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