The player was able to score 27 points – 13 made in the game’s fourth quarter – in his return to action after suffering an injured hamstring. On Sunday night, the Heat beat the Knicks 86-79.
“For me, the fourth quarter is the only one where I can be selfish,” said Wade.
Another 20 points were added by Chris Bosh for Miami, which include a very important 3-pointer as the Heat were able to delay a late rally by the Knicks.
Also back in action was Carmelo Anthony, with the player returning to the game after missing two games due to spasms in his back, scoring 31 points for New York.
“If I can go, I can go,” said Anthony. “That was my mindset. If I feel like I can play, I am going to give it a shot.”
12 rebounds and 19 points were made by Amar’e Stoudemire for the Knicks.
“At this point I think we just got to look ourselves in the mirror and see if we’re putting forth the effort that we need to win,” said Stoudemire. “We got to take it upon ourselves to see if we’re getting ourselves prepared for the game or having the right mentality to play a game at a high level.”
The Knicks, after having trailed by as much as 16 points, made it to 65-63 on a layup by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 9:22 remaining.
Wade then had a baseline jumper and was able to score 12 out of the next 15 points by the Heat, helping Miami keep the lead in the game.
“I played 32 minutes, but it felt a lot more like 50,” said Wade. “It took a while. Early on I was just trying to make plays for my teammates.”
After New York again made it to 79-77 on the tip-in by Stoudemire, online bookmakers saw that a 3-pointer was scored by Bosh.
“When the situation gets a little tense, a little tight, we need a shot and we run plays that we normally get good looks off of and it was just about having your feet set and shooting with confidence,” said Bosh.
Miami opened with a lead of 10-2.
The largest lead was taken by the Heat at 37-21, on the layup by Bosh with 4:48 left in the first half of the game. After the first quarter, Miami had a lead of 21-17 before they started the second with a run of 16-4.
Luol Deng recorded 10 rebounds and 10 points for Miami. 9 rebounds were added by Bosh.
Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert recorded 10 rebounds each for New York.