Dwyane Wade has always been one to put on a show, and doing so in his hometown has been no exception during his 13-year NBA career. Now Wade will play half his games in Chicago, after agreeing to a two-year, $47.5 million deal on Wednesday. He’s bound to put up masterful performances inside the United Center, so here’s a look back at his five best to date:
5. Feb 2008: 30 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 11-21 FG
In the midst of the Heat’s worst regular season in franchise history – one that landed them the No. 2 pick and Michael Beasley – Wade did his best to lead a second-half charge on the road against a Bulls team that would wind up picking first the following year (drafting Derrick Rose). The Chicago native scored 19 points and dished out three assists in the second half, playing all 24 minutes. Ultimately his efforts came up short in a seven-point loss.
4. May 2011: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Wade’s numbers don’t jump off the page, but in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals he and LeBron James led an incredible comeback in the fourth quarter to close the series. Miami trailed by 12 with 3:14 to play on the road, the Heat closed on an 18-3 run that included eight points from Wade, including a crucial four-point play. He also assisted on a LeBron James triple the previous possession, and two Chris Bosh free throws gave the Heat an 83-80 lead before James blocked Derrick Rose on the final attempt. Wade wasn’t great for the first 45 minutes, and he committed nine turnovers, but his talent was on full display down the stretch.
3. March 2012: 36 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 16-26 FG
Wade’s highest scoring total at the United Center came in a loss, but he almost turned it into a win with a ridiculous fourth quarter. Miami trailed by 11 heading into the final stanza when Wade turned it on, scoring 19 points in a 21-point span for the Heat (LeBron James scored the other two) that cut the deficit to four with 1:22 remaining. He missed a triple in the closing minute that would have cut the deficit to just one, and Kyle Korver free throws essentially iced the game.
2. January 2016: 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists,
With the Heat having lost six straight, and missing Hassan Whiteside, Chris Bosh and Goran Dragic, Wade put the team on his back in an important win. With Miami trailing 82-81 with 3:31 to play, Wade scored or assisted on the Heat’s final eight points to push them to a five-point win. His 28 points were more than he had scored in a month, and he committed just one turnover in 35 minutes against a Bulls team that had just gone wire-to-wire in a win over the Cavaliers.
1. January 2011: 33 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4-7 3FG
The two Chicago kids went at it in the fourth quarter of a game where the Heat were without LeBron James and lost Chris Bosh in the second half. Derrick Rose and Wade went back and fourth in the final minutes, beginning with a Rose layup to give the Bulls a five-point lead inside two minutes. Wade connected on a 3, with Rose answering with a three-point play after getting fouled on a jumper. Wade then hit two more triples on consecutive possessions to give Miami the lead with 37 seconds left. A Kyle Korver triple allowed the Bulls to escape with the win, but Wade’s solo act in the final minutes were yet another reminder of just how deadly he can be down the stretch. Now he’ll get to do the same for his hometown team.