Dwyane Wade
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The Brooklyn Nets capped off a winning season, while Dwyane Wade finalized a truly magical NBA career.

Matt Brooks

  • Brooklyn Nets 113 (42-40)
  • Miami Heat 94 (39-43)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

This game had it all. Except, you know, competitive basketball.

Suiting up for the final NBA game of his career, the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade left it all on the floor to cap off a tremendous 16-season career.

Wade finished with 25 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds while playing in front of his “Banana Boat” friends (Chris Paul, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony, all of whom were in attendance at the Barclays Center).

Perhaps my favorite moment of the night was Wade and Bron recreating one of their infamous video bombs from The Heatles days.

Yeah … this one brought me back to the NBA Memes on Facebook era. Classic stuff.

The rest of the game itself was … exhibition-level at best. No, seriously.

I’ve watched NBA All-Star games with more on-ball defense. Neither team was particularly interested in executing much offense outside of barfing up threes and passing along the perimeter.

Jarrett Allen put up a one point, 14 rebound stat-line, which was … unique? Seriously, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that one before.

Caris LeVert continued to look comfortable on the floor. For the second straight game, he was swarming defensively—especially with containing shooters on the three-point line. He also made four out of his five shots from the floor. His performance was certainly encouraging, further suggesting that we may be getting prime-Caris for the playoffs.

D’Angelo Russell certainly took advantage of the piss poor defense and put up a strong stat-line of 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He also briefly caught on fire during the third-quarter (because, when else?) knocking down four straight threes.

Best of all, Russell displayed just how far he’s come with his maturity, directing the attention back to Wade during the postgame interviews.

Meanwhile, his team capped off their first winning season since 2013-2014. With the win, they also clinched the six-seed in the East.

Now, Brooklyn heads to Philadelphia to face a roaring Sixers team on the road for four out of the next seven possible games.

An NBA fanatic who specializes in the advanced analytics of the game. I cover the Brooklyn Nets here in the city. Follow me on Twitter for semi-witty basketball tweets. @MattBrooksNBA