Dwyane Wade on his throwback performance: ‘Thank Kevin Hart for that’

Dwyane Wade scored 28 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

At 36 years of age, the amount of times surefire Hall-of-Famer Dwyane Wade is able to dominate a game like he used to isn’t often anymore, but on Monday night he rolled back the clock and looked more like “Flash” from over a decade ago.

Finishing with 28 points and seven rebounds on 11-of-16 shooting, Wade almost single-handedly willed the Miami Heat to a surprising 113-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers to even up their first-round playoff series at 1-1 and steal home-court advantage from the Sixers in the process.

It was a vintage Wade performance filled with plenty of acrobatic lay-ups, mid-range jimmies and cold-blooded step-backs right in defenders’ eyes.

But what could’ve spurred on such a performance? There’s the fact that it was a playoff game, but Wade’s played in 173 so it’s not like he’ll be any more jazzed up for one over another anymore — particularly a first-round matchup.

No, there was extra motivation for Wade Monday night in Philaelphia and it came court-side.

“Thank Kevin Hart for that,” Wade told ESPN when asked where all that extra juice came from.

Hart, a Philadelphia native, was seen loudly trying to rattle Wade and the Heat Monday night but it seemed to only light a fire under the old superstar to shut him up.

Despite this, Hart isn’t dissuaded and is hinting he’ll be travelling to Miami for Games 3 and 4 to have his revenge.

Wade, however, doesn’t seem too impressed.

Game 3 between the Heat and 76ers goes Thursday.

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