Most Memorable NBA Finals Games of the Millennium
Looking back at some of the NBA's closest and craziest finals games in recent history.
2006, Game 5 – Miami Heat 101, Dallas Mavericks 100 (OT)
Dwyane Wade Drops 43 Points as Heat Take Control of Series
Despite the Mavericks taking the first two games of the series by decisive margins, this turned out to be Dwyane Wade’s NBA Finals. Unlike the three titles Shaq won in LA, this time he was clearly in the supporting role, as Wade led the Heat in scoring all six games, scoring 36 points or more in Games 3-6, all of which ended in Miami wins, bringing them out of an 0-2 hole to become NBA champions.
Game 5 may have been the perfect Finals game for Wade, as his point total went through the roof and he proved himself in the clutch, banking home a jumper to force overtime then hitting the tying and winning free throws with 1.9 seconds left in OT for the win. Game 6 was almost as close, but the Heat prevailed again, with Wade taking the Finals MVP in obvious fashion.