Dwyane Wade and Vince Carter have matched up against each other numerous time over the past 16 seasons in the NBA. Evening having a classic duel against each other back in game three of the 2006 Eastern Conference Semifinals, which saw Carter drop 43 points in for the New Jersey Nets at the time and Wade countered with 32 Pts for the Miami Heat. It was a series that would go to five games with Wade and the Miami Heat outlasting the Nets.
The Miami Heat would go on to win it’s first NBA a championship in franchise history by taking down the Dallas Mavericks in six games after being down 0-2. Dwyane Wade was named the NBA Finals MVP.
Wade and Carter was the featured matchup on December 20, 2007, as the New Jersey Nets took on the Miami Heat. It was a game that went into overtime, and the Nets would end up winning 107 to 103. Wade scored 41 points, five rebounds, and six assists, while Carter had 31 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
The two have played 43 games against one another that include playoff appearances with Wade’s teams beating Carter’s 28-15 all-time. Carter’s Atlanta Hawks were able to get the best of Wade’s Miami Heat when both teams met on November 3, 2018, 123-118. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Carter dropped 12 points, two rebounds, and two assists.
Recently, Carter and the Hawks were in Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks and after shootaround, I asked Carter to give his thoughts on Wade’s career with this being his final season.
“I think it is self-explanatory, honestly he is one of the top two guards to play this game. He deserves every honor and accolade that he is getting. He has been a dog and a monster for a very long time and even now, he could still play the game at a very level. If he wanted to,” Carter told me.