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Best Game Ever: Dwyane Wade was addicted to basketball after making his first basket

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) moves the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game agai
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is retiring at the end of this season.
(Nicole Sweet / Associated Press)

Dan Woike asked NBA players to tell us about the best game in their basketball career. This week: Dwyane Wade.

1991, Blue Island, Ill., youth league

6 points

It seems fitting that the final Best Game Ever this week goes to a future Hall of Famer who will play his last NBA game ever on Tuesday in Brooklyn. Wade once scored 55 in a game against the New York Knicks. He dropped 46 in an elimination game against the Boston Celtics. He won three NBA titles. He led Marquette to a Final Four. None of those moments would’ve happened without the best game Wade ever played — the first one. Once the ball went through the basket, Wade was addicted.

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“One of the most memorable moments for me in basketball is when I scored my first bucket ever. The day I scored my first bucket, I remember it. I remember I went coast to coast and threw up the luckiest shot and I couldn’t believe it went in. I had never scored with refs and on a team. I had six points that day and I remember all six of those points just like I remember scoring 40 in the Finals. … Me scoring those buckets and the feeling that I had was just a feeling I wanted to feel forever.”

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