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Wade scores 41, Heat 'Big 3' combine for 90

Dwyane Wade made nine field goals or fewer in 30 of the 50 games he played before Tuesday.

Dwyane Wade

WadeOn Tuesday, against the Indiana Pacers, Wade had made nine field goals … by the end of the first quarter.

He finished with 41 points, his third 40-point game of the season. Wade was 16-of-29 from the floor, and his 29 field goal attempts were the most by a teammate of LeBron James in his career (with both the Cavaliers and Heat). Wade, James and Monta Ellis are tied for the second-most 40-point games this season behind Kevin Durant’s five.

Wade scored 31 points in the first half, tying the franchise record for first-half points set by Sherman Douglas during the 1990-91 season.

One player who was able to slow down Wade was rookie Paul George. Wade scored on six of the Heat’s first 11 possessions, including 4-for-4 when he was guarded by Mike Dunleavy. George checked in for Dunleavy with 6:51 to play in the first quarter and stuck with Wade for much of the rest of the game. Wade shot 37.5 percent from the floor when guarded by George, including 3-for-11 in the final three quarters.

Dwyane Wade By Defender
Tuesday at Pacers

The “Big 3” of Wade, James and Chris Bosh combined for 90 points Tuesday. The only game in which they scored more points this season was on Jan. 9, when they combined for 96 points in a 107-100 overtime win at Portland.

The “Big 3” scored 90 of the team’s 110 points, posting a combined +/- of +20. It was their highest combined +/- since Dec. 17 against the Knicks (+28). Miami is 24-1 this season when Wade, James and Bosh have a combined +/- of +8 or greater.

Despite the loss, the Pacers still managed to score at least 100 points -- something they've done in all nine games interim head coach Frank Vogel has been at the helm. Over that same stretch, the Pacers are 7-0 against teams not named the Miami Heat.

The Pacers trailed by as many as 24 points in the first quarter, but rallied, and held a lead as late as the fourth quarter (three points) before falling behind for good.