Miami Heat: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Are Finally Ready to Lead the Heat to an NBA Title

on May 25 2012 12:56 PM
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade look poised to finally get a title.
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade look poised to finally get a title. neontommy.com

The Miami Heat's dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade capped off what may have been the three best games of their time together with a 105-93 win over the Indiana Pacers to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Wade had 41 points and 10 rebounds and James backed him up with 28 points as the pair destroyed the Pacers for the third straight game.

After going down 2-1 in the series, losing Chris Bosh to injury and falling in a massive blowout in game three, the Heat looked like they might be done, rumors of potential trades for Bosh and Wade were circulating and the Heat looked done.

But Wade and James took over. Wade averaged 33 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists and James added 32.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8 assists per game in the Heat's final three wins.

In the regular season, we've had some good games, Wade said. But I don't know if we've ever had three in a row like that in the playoffs.

To put their numbers in perspective, the other 11 players on the Heat's roster averaged 41.3 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists per game over the same stretch.

Dwayne Wade has already proven that he can win a title, though he had help in the form of one of the greatest centers to ever play the game: Shaquille O'Neal.

Now Wade is paired with another great player at the top of his game, and they certainly look like the team to beat for the NBA title right now.

The knock on James has always been his tendency to fade in big moments, but in the Pacer series he seems to have bucked that trend.

Ever since Game 3, they've played at such a high level, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. I don't know if anybody can beat them.

The Heat faded last year against the Mavericks thanks in no small part to some very mediocre games turned in by James, but this season he looks like a different player. He and Wade have established their dynamic now that they are in their second season and the Heat look like a dangerous squad.

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