Sunday , Apr , 08 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Heating up: Wade returns

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Miami guard Dwyane Wade returned to game action
Sunday after missing the previous 23 games due to a dislocated left shoulder.

Wade didn’t start Sunday’s 111-103 overtime loss at home to Charlotte, but he
did finish with 12 points, eight assists and six turnovers in over 26 minutes
of action.

“It was resurrection day,” Wade said. “I came out to play. I also wanted to
get a lot of games under my belt, to get my rhythm back and get in a groove
with what the team is doing. Coming in today was a good start.”

He first entered the contest with 3:58 left in the opening quarter, but his
first basket didn’t come until the opening two minutes of the fourth. Wade hit
one free throw near the end of regulation to force overtime, but the Heat lost
and saw their lead over Washington trimmed to 2 1/2 games in the Southeast

Wade originally suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of a 112-102 loss at
Houston on February 21. The star guard is averaging 28.4 points, 4.7 rebounds
and 7.9 assists this season.

This was the first time Wade has come off the bench in a game since March 12,
2004 against Seattle, his rookie season.