LeBron and Wade Clash for the Last Time

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LeBron James and Dwayne Wade will face off for the last time tonight as Wade and the Heat visit LeBron and the Lakers in Los Angeles. Wade announced he will be retiring once the 2018-19 season comes to a close. During his career, he was able to help lead the Miami Heat to three championships. One with Shaquille O’Neal by his side and two with the King himself, LeBron James leading the way. He and James led the Heat to four straight NBA Finals appearances from 2011 to 2014 before LeBron eventually went back home to Cleveland. The dynamic duo, who were later dubbed as “Peanut Butter and Jelly” by Dwayne Wade, took the league by storm with their beautiful alley-oop connections and their high voltage offensive performances. The show they put on as teammates were incredible, but before the two superstars took the court as partners, they played the first seven years of their careers as competitors. Regarded as two of the best in the league, they had some outstanding match-ups before suiting up in the same uniform. When LeBron and Wade clashed on April 1st, 2006, the league was put on notice that they were next up. Dwayne Wade scored 44 points while dishing out 9 assists for his eventual NBA Championship team, but he was simply outdone by his good friend LeBron James as he went on to score 47 points along with his 10th triple-double of his young career. This was one of many classic duels they had. Anytime LeBron and Wade played one-another, you were in for an electric performance. From Dwayne Wade’s lightning speed allowing him to slash to the basket with ease, to LeBron’s game-breaking jams. When they were on the court together, you couldn’t take your eyes off the game.

Once the two teamed up in Miami, it was inevitable that they would become NBA champions soon enough. Especially after LeBron promised “Not one, not two, not three…[championships]”. After overcoming the massive meltdown versus the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, they eventually became champions of the basketball world for two straight years knocking off the Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs before losing to the same Spurs team a year later. The duo will go down as one the best tandems the league has ever seen. They tried to recreate their explosive connection when Wade came to join LeBron and the Cavaliers for the start of the 2017-18 NBA season. This didn’t turn out the way they expected, which led to Wade being traded back to Miami at the trade deadline. This was a move that was needed for Wade as the Cavs got off to a rocky start to the season with team chemistry being the main component of that. Despite the blunders LeBron and Wade faced, the good outweighed the bad. The years of constant alley-oops and dominating championship run in Miami will always be the headline of the LeBron and Wade duo.

The two have been friends ever since the 2003 NBA Draft where James was taken with #1 overall pick and Wade at #3. LeBron found friendship in Wade not only on the court but off the court as the years went on. They have been known to call each other their best friends; A friendship that has carried itself beyond the basketball court. From vacations in the Bahamas to family dinners, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have shown the basketball world what a true friendship is like in the NBA. As they square off for the last time tonight, emotions will run high. LeBron and the Lakers look to continue their solid play against the Heat who are trying to scratch and claw their way into playoff contention in the East. The last time the Lakers faced off against the Heat, LeBron lit them up for a season-high 51 points to go along with six threes. Dwayne Wade didn’t suit up that night due to his daughters birth, but he will be in the lineup tonight for what will prove to be an emotional roller-coaster of a game.

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