Team: Miami Heat
Opponent: Dallas Mavericks
Result: Heat over Mavericks, 4-2
Finals stats: 34.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 2.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG

Perhaps no player in recent history has been more essential to his team's success in the Finals than Wade in 2006, when Miami rode some of the finest performances of the guard's career to the first title in franchise history. Wade's effort facing a potential 3-0 series deficit in Game 3, in particular—where he scored 42 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and led the Heat to a win after trailing by 13 points with six minutes to go—is one of the best single-game efforts in the history of the Finals.

After struggling a bit in the first two games (both Miami losses), Wade averaged 39.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game over the next four as the Heat rallied to take four straight to stun the Mavericks.