No, seriously: Dwyane Wade is excellent at ludicrous no-look flip shots. We've been telling you for a while that it's, like, one of his things.
Remember how he busted it out on DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings last year, turning a Euro-step trip into a mid-air righty scoop over his left shoulder? Or when he brought it back in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics, corralling a rebound and flipping for the deuce while being fouled to the floor? (If you don't remember, watch the plays here and here, respectively.) Well, Wade was at it again when the Miami Heat faced the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.
Guarded by Nets rookie MarShon Brooks in the right corner, Wade moved off the ball around a Dexter Pittman screen and curled to the mid-block, where Mario Chalmers hit him with a pass. As New Jersey center Shelden Williams rotated to cut off the penetration, Wade took one quick dribble, reverse-pivoted into Williams to create contact, then hooked with his left elbow to seal off the defender and heaved up a little no-look hook that somehow goes in despite the fact that I don't think he saw it until he was on his back out of bounds. Like we said: It's one of his things.
You wouldn't figure that Wade and the Heat would need a ton of luck against the Nets — Miami entered the game leading the Southeast Division and just two games behind the Chicago Bulls for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference, while New Jersey is spending another season struggling to stay out of the East's cellar. They still got it, of course, in the form of Wade's no-look flip, LeBron James closing the third quarter with a 46-foot bank shot and young center Pittman somehow putting in a baseline jumper off the top of the backboard. They say it's better to be lucky than good, but it's the best when you're both.
Wade played just 15 minutes in Miami's 108-78 win, scoring 13 points on eight shots and sitting out the second half after turning his right ankle late in the second quarter. While the Heat shooting guard missed six games earlier in the year after spraining that same ankle, he told reporters after the game that he was "not worried at all" about the injury, that he would play against the back-end of the Heat's back-to-back against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, and that he would have come back into the game if coach Erik Spoelstra had needed him. Spoelstra didn't.
Chris Bosh had a strong return from the three-game leave he took to mourn the death of his grandmother, scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting in 24 minutes. James added 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes of work for Miami, who improved to 29-9 with the win.
Deron Williams' 16 points led the way for the Nets, who shot just 37.3 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 43 to 29. New Jersey falls to 12-27, a half-game south of the Toronto Raptors in the basement of the Atlantic Division.
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