The prevailing wisdom in the NBA a couple months ago was that the MVP trophy was either going to Lebron James or Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade must not have gotten that memo, because over the last few months, he has gone utterly insane. Wade now leads the NBA in scoring and has the Heat firmly in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Further, he’s been doing so while putting up some memorable performances, the most recent of which was his performance against Chicago, ripping out the Bulls’ heart and making it burst into flames.
Well, most recent until today, anyway, as Wade and the Heat took on a Jazz team that led its division and was one loss removed from an 11-game win streak. The Jazz led by 7 with under a minute to play in regulation, and the fact that we need the “in regulation” tells you how well that lead held up. Then the Jazz scored the first 8 points in the first overtime–that, too, failed. And when the dust settled, Miami had a 140-127, triple-overtime win. Wade was the hero of the day, with 50 points, 10 boards, and… oh, just 9 assists? Oh, too bad, no triple-double for Wade. And yes, Wade wanted it.