Dwyane Wade Named All-Star Game MVP

East All-Star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat holds his MVP trophy after the East defeated the West in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas

The All-Star Game was apparently no different from any other game for Dwyane Wade, even if it was played before a record crowd. Just as he did when he led the Miami Heat to their only N.B.A. championship in nearby Dallas in 2006, Wade took MVP honors at the N.B.A.’s 59th All-Star Game on Sunday.

The East’s 141-139 victory over the West last night was played before an announced crowd of 108,713, including the usual assortment of celebrities from the worlds of movies, television and music. It was the largest crowd to ever witness a basketball game in person, although most of the crowd probably spent the night staring at the enormous video screen above the court. Cowboys Stadium, which cost $1.3 billion to build, may be the only entertainment venue on Earth where people pay good money to watch television. The stadium is massive.

While playing alongside teammates he was certainly looking to impress, players he’ll be looking to recruit this summer to become his permanent teammates, Wade fueled a performance that featured a game-high 28 points on 12-for-16 shooting, 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals.

He tag-teamed with LeBron James and Chris Bosh to dominate the action for the East. James finished with 25 points and six assists, while Bosh contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds. The hope is that the trio will be doing the same for the Miami Heat next season.

It certainly was a promising exhibition, even if it was meaningless.

The chemistry between Wade and James was undeniable. The question about them playing with each other in Miami was a never-ending theme all week.

“You can see the connection we both have, especially going to the basket, lobs, finding each other,” Wade said. “I’ve played with him a lot of years, in the Olympics, and he makes it easy for all his teammates.

“I get the opportunity to be his teammate for one day, and I’m going to enjoy it. He was one of the reasons why I sit up here with the MVP award.”

Can he see them playing together regularly in the N.B.A.?

“We can dream, can’t we?” Wade said. “I dream.”

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