LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Miami icon Dwyane Wade banked in a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift the Heat to a 126-125 victory over the reigning National Basketball Association (NBA) champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
Wade, who announced before the season that he would retire after this campaign, added another sublime moment to his career highlight reel as the Heat snapped a six-game home losing streak by salvaging a victory that appeared to have gotten away.
Miami led by as many as 24 points and were ahead by eight going into the fourth quarter.
Kevin Durant’s jump shot tied it at 109-109 with five minutes remaining, and Durant’s three-pointer with 67 seconds left – plus a free throw after he was fouled on the play, gave the Warriors a 122-118 lead.
Golden State were still up by four when Wade drained a three-pointer with 15 seconds left and after Durant made one of two free-throws to put the Warriors lead at two, Wade delivered from the top of the arc – hanging on when his first attempt was blocked and draining a second effort for the victory.
“I’ve been in this position so many times and so many times you don’t make the shot,” Wade, a three-time NBA champion, said.
“And the one I make is a one-legged flick from my chest. It’s crazy.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr called it an “unbelievable shot” from the 37-year-old.
“I knew it was going in as soon as it left his hand,” Kerr said. “I guess it’s fitting. His last season, this kind of game – for him to finish it the way he did, incredible.”
Miami had taken control of the contest early, led by 27 points from Goran Dragic.