Dwyane Wade watched the three-pointer drop perfectly through the net, then turned upcourt and extended the fingers on his right hand.
And he screamed. "In kid-friendly terms," Wade would say later, "I was telling him he was hot."
That hand - that player - had never been hotter in a postseason game, either. And that's why Miami's season isn't over.
Playing what might have been his final game in Miami, Wade scored 46 points, 30 in the second half - both franchise records - and the Heat beat the Boston Celtics, 101-92, Sunday in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. He made 16 of 24 shots, 5-for-7 from three-point range, and outscored the Celtics 19-15 in the fourth quarter.
"Phenomenal," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
"Greatness," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra offered.
Heat forward Quentin Richardson went even further, likening his teammate to a superhero.
"Sometimes, you know, he puts on the cape, man," Richardson said. "There's not a lot of things you can do when he's playing that way."
Boston would concur.
The Celtics still lead the best-of-seven 3-1 and get a chance to close it out in Boston Tuesday night. But their worst fear came true Sunday.
Miami has hope.
Cavaliers 121, Bulls 98LeBron James had 37 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds, Antawn Jamison added 24 points and visiting Cleveland went up 3-1 in its first-round series. The Cavaliers led by 10 at halftime after scoring 38 in the second quarter and broke it open with a 37-point third, putting them in position to close it out at home Tuesday. James was at it again after scoring 40 and 39 the previous two games, connecting whenever he wanted and from wherever he wanted. He was 6-for-9 on three-pointers. Chicago got 21 apiece from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, who also pulled down 20 rebounds.
Spurs 92, Mavericks 89If Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hasn't already done so, he may want to apologize for calling his role players "dogs." Because they put the Dallas Mavericks on the brink of elimination. Tim Duncan had a miserable 34th birthday and Manu Ginobili looked as bad at times as his bandaged-up nose. But George Hill scored 29 points and San Antonio took a 3-1 lead in its first-round series. Popovich called out his supporting cast after losing Game 1. But it was his Big Three who had little bark in Game 4. Duncan had four points and made just 1 of 9 shots. The Spurs have won three straight since Popovich's tongue-lashing, and they've put the Mavs on the edge of their third first-round exit in four years. Ginobili had 17 points and Richard Jefferson finished with 15. Caron Butler had 17 points for the Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki led with 17 points and 11 rebounds. - AP