1. BACK FROM THE DEAD: THE 2006 GAME 3 COMEBACK
Down 13 with the clock ticking toward the six-minute mark in the fourth quarter, Wade became a human missile to the basket en route to his 42 points and 13 rebounds. Personally, I was a bit too young to fully realize what Jordan was doing while he was doing it. I was the target audience for “Space Jam,” not of the age to appreciate the show I was watching tear up the Jazz. Eight years later, this was one of the first performances where the word virtuoso applied. Six minutes from Dallas taking a stranglehold on a title, Wade lifted himself to the NBA’s elite category (and one of the sickest Dime Magazine covers ever). He hasn’t left since. His third NBA Finals opportunity is a chance to return to that level.