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The NBA’s Dwyane Wade was brought to tears after learning that Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 shooting victims who died Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla., was buried in his jersey.

On Tuesday night, Wade, who is in the twilight of his career, played inspired basketball, scoring 15 of the Miami Heat’s final 17 points, including a jumper with 5.9 seconds remaining that proved to be the game winner to take down the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 102-101.


“From the standpoint of away from the game of basketball, as I continue saying, just understanding how important we are as professionals,” Wade said, ESPN reports. “And for me, it’s just giving whatever I can to people who believe in me, and especially people who were happy about me coming back here [after the trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month] who embrace me the way that I only can dream of with me coming back home. So just paying some due respect to [Oliver] and his family tonight.”

Wade took to Instagram later that night to commemorate the moment and to pay honor to both Joaquin and Henry Thomas, his agent who recently passed away.


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