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

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

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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.

“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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