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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-04-27

Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-04-27
Dwyane Wade loves home playoff games. And the Heat is 24-6 (.800) heading into Wednesday's Game 4 against Atlanta at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"It's a great feeling to thrill your fans," he said after Friday's practice. "To hear the roar of the crowd, whether you're going into a timeout or whether you just hit a major shot, to see everybody rise up, together, to cheer your team on, it's amazing."

Wade's most famous home playoff moment was Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals. The Heat was behind Dallas, 0-2, in the best-of-seven series. Worse, Miami trailed Dallas by 13 points with 6:30 left in the game. An 0-3 series deficit seemed inevitable. That was when Wade proclaimed, "I ain't goin' out like this," and rallied the Heat to a dramatic 98-96 victory as well as victories in Games 4 and 5, which were also at the AAA.

"You never know what he's going to do," forward Udonis Haslem said. "But he definitely has the knack for making big plays."

Wade was amazing at home during the regular season.

There was the career-best 55-point game against New York. He had 50 points in a 140-129 triple-overtime victory against Utah. He had that steal and game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to deliver a 130-127 double-overtime victory against Chicago, after which he emphatically beat his chest and yelled, "This is my house!"

In the playoffs, aside from those incredible performances in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2006 Finals, Wade had a 40-point performance in Game 2 of the 2005 Eastern Conference finals against Detroit, and as a rookie he hit that game-winning runner against New Orleans in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

HEAT 107, HAWKS 78: G Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals as the Heat took a 2-1 lead in the first-round best-of-seven series.

C Jermaine O'Neal (22 points, 10 rebounds), F Udonis Haslem (12 points, 13 rebounds), G Mario Chalmers (15 points) and F James Jones (11 points) all played a role in the victory. So did the Heat's defense. Miami had a franchise postseason record 12 blocks, held the Hawks to 36.7 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded Atlanta, 48-35.

Miami used a 28-8 run at the end of the second quarter to take a 50-29 halftime lead. The Hawks didn't get closer than 13 in the second half.

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Added: April 27, 2009


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