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Dwyane Wade alley-oop to LeBron James video

Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:00 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 1:36 am
 
Dwyane Wade threw an alley oop to LeBron James to clinch a Game 1 win for the Miami Heat over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

When Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah called the Miami Heat "Hollywood as hell" this is what he meant.

The Heat led the Dallas Mavericks 89-79 with less than a minute to go in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and had possession of the ball. Most teams would simply wind the clock all the way down and put up a contested jumper before the buzzer, playing conservatively and using the clock with a double digit lead. Not the Heat.

With the shot clock near 10 seconds, Heat guard Dwyane Wade used a high screen and roll to his right hand. As the Mavericks defense shaded to the strong side to spy him, Heat forward LeBron James snuck in front the weakside corner by cutting hard on the baseline. As Mavericks center Tyson Chandler rotated to Wade and Mavericks guard Jason Terry got caught up marking Heat forward Chris Bosh in the paint, Wade lofted a picture-perfect alley-oop to James, who caught it and flushed it with two hands.

The play symbolized the Heat's biggest match-up advantage -- athleticism on the perimeter -- and it also showcased how far they've come from a late-game execution standpoint. The high-flying connection helped push Miami to a 92-84 victory on Tuesday night.

Here's a look at video of Dwyane Wade's alley-oop to LeBron James in the fourth quarter.


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