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Dwyane Wade put up an exceptional performance in the 2006 Finals
This question is a no brainer for Wade. His career highlight would have to be his Finals MVP performance in 2006 versus the Dallas Mavericks. At the age of 23 and in his first NBA finals Wade literally put his team on his back willing Miami to win its first championship. How did he do it?
First and foremost, the Heat was a team built with NBA legends including Shaq, Alonzo Mourning and Gary Payton. Although the Heat played well in getting to the finals, the Heat’s older players looked tired and spent, especially Shaq.
Already down 0-2 to the Mavs, the Heat came within an eyelash of losing game three as well, but Wade willed his team to victory with an eye popping 43 point and 13 rebound performance. Wade then proceeded to dominate the next three games in a row. Wade had 36, 43 and 36 points in the remaining three games to help the Heat win four in a row and beat the Mavs in six games.
Wade’s Finals scoring average was 34.7 points, which stands as the third highest finals scoring average in NBA finals history. In addition, Wade had an unbelievable Finals PER of 33.8, considered by some as the best finals performance ever.
On paper, Kobe Bryant’s career highlight would be his 81 point performance against the Toronto Raptors, but a closer look at that game would discount it. The Raptors were one of the NBA's worst teams and their best defender in the paint was none other than Chris Bosh.
After that historic game, Bosh said grinning from ear to ear, “We just stood around and watched.” If anybody saw that game, you would know that not only was Bosh correct in his assessment, but none of the Raptors starters fouled out.
What in fact is a more remarkable achievement was Bryant’s 62 points in three quarters versus the Dallas Mavericks. Before the start of the fourth quarter, Bryant had by himself outscored the entire Mavericks team by a score of 62-61 and there was no Chris Bosh to sully that record.
Had Kobe played the fourth quarter of that game, there is little doubt that he would have eclipsed his 81 point performance.