Everyone turned up for Dwyane Wade’s final game

Everyone turned up for Dwyane Wade’s final game

Everyone turned up for Dwyane Wade’s final game

Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron James, from left, watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in NY.

"Special night", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Wade, a 13-time NBA All-Star, was also honored with video tributes throughout his home finale, with former US President Barack Obama leading the plaudits.

He was loudly cheered from the moment he emerged alone from the tunnel for pregame layups.

Wade announced he would be retiring after the 2018-2019 season.

James went first overall that year to the Cleveland Cavaliers and after Darko Milicic landed with the Detroit Pistons, the Denver Nuggets took Anthony and the Toronto Raptors drafted Bosh before Wade came off the board. "But he's cut from a different cloth". No matter what I'm doing, I will be there for their last game.

After the final buzzer, Wade exchanged hugs at midcourt with Anthony, James, and Paul and posed with pictures with his longtime friends. "Unfortunately for the organization, our team, we weren't in position to make the playoffs, but I'm happy to say I completed it". He finished with 23,165.

With the Heat already eliminated from the playoffs, Miami's loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday night couldn't dampen the mood.

Ish Smith scored 22 points off the bench while Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds to rescue Detroit.

The first National Basketball Association title - which was the first for the Miami Heat franchise - came with Shaquille O'Neal by his side back in 2006 and the second and third titles came with the "Big 3" of Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh back in 2012 and 2013. "That was a missing piece out of this whole season, so everything worked out great for him being here, for me having an opportunity to give him my jersey".

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