NBA legend Dwyane Wade played the final home game of his career in Miami on Wednesday

By Claudia Harmata
April 10, 2019 08:39 AM

The legendary face of the NBA’s Miami Heat played like a champion during his final home game, and his family was there to support him.

Dwyane Wade — who first joined the Heat in 2003 — was cheered on by his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, and their five-month-old daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, as he shot 30 points in 34 minutes in the 122-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

It was Wade’s final game at home in Miami — with one more game in New York on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets — and it was an emotional evening.

 

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“Man, you’re going to make me cry before this game,” Wade said following a pregame tribute video the Heat showed honoring his career, ESPN reported. “Man, I love you guys.”

At the end of the game, Wade shared a loving kiss with Union while she held baby Kaavia and who, throughout the game, could be seen courtside — proudly cheering on her husband while joined by friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigan.

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“It’s meant everything,” Wade said of his career with the Heat after the game, according to ESPN. “To be able to come here and be embraced, to find a home, to be able to grow. I think that’s the one thing. When I was on the court early on and Stan [Van Gundy] let me grow, as a player, to whether it was mistakes I made in life to whatever it was, this city has allowed me to grow.”

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“I hope they are proud of what they have helped me become. This city means everything to me. It’s forever, forever, forever going to be my home.”

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At the end of the game he was also joined by his three sons, from two previous relationships, and his nephew. Wade posted a heartwarming photo holding baby Kaavia, who was born via surrogate last November, when the night was over, captioning it “The end.”

While it may be the end of his NBA career, it’s just the beginning of a new chapter.

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