Yes, there was a game, with a final score of Brooklyn Nets 113, Miami Heat 94.
To the Nets, that mattered, Wednesday night's victory at Barclays Center giving them the No. 6 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
For the Heat, eliminated from playoff contention a night earlier, this was all about the 1,231st and final game -- regular seasons and playoffs -- of the 16-year career of inevitable Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade.
It ended with the ultimate tribute to the completeness of Wade's game, a triple-double achieved before the start of the fourth quarter, the fifth triple-double of Wade's 16-season career and first since Feb. 2011 -- closing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists.
And, with that Wade said, "I can retire and be happy."
While lacking the emotion of Tuesday night's 30-point tour de force at AmericanAirlines Arena, it was a closing time that proved deeply personal, one shared with the closest of friends.
"I prayed for this," Wade said, "and it came true."
After almost not, a postgame tumble a night earlier putting this appearance in doubt.
"He did a bunch of treatment at the hotel this morning, and this morning he texted me that he didn’t know if he would be able to go," coach Erik Spoelstra said afterward. "He asked me what I thought, how we could still make it worthwhile for everybody because he felt such a responsibility. Then we just said, 'OK, we'll just see how you feel after treatment, a little more rest and you get to the arena.'
"And then I talked to him an hour before tip and he still didn't feel great. His leg wasn't moving great and just in typical Dwyane fashion, he just figured he had to be out there since so many people showed up, there was so many Wade and Miami Heat fans that he felt a responsibility. That's just so awesome."
A night after contributing to the narration of the Heat's retrospective video of Wade's career, LeBron James made the trip for Wade's final game, along with Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, with Anthony receiving Wade's jersey afterward.
"Listen," James told Fox Sports Sun in a courtside interview, "we couldn't miss D-Wade's last game. This is the last time he's going to be on an NBA floor wearing that Miami Heat uniform, that No. 3, so we're happy to be here to support."
James, whose season with the Los Angeles Lakers ended Tuesday, said Wade's farewell season transcended mere basketball.
"Just the appreciation, man," he said, "Not only from his fans, not only from his coaches and his teammates, but D-Wade's appreciation to everybody else, just showing the love. He's given so much to this game."
James went to the NBA Finals with the Heat as a Wade teammate from 2011 to 2014, with championships in 2012 and '13.
"It's been an unbelievable journey for my guy," James said, "and I'm happy to be here for the last little roll before that train comes to a stop."
To Erik Spoelstra, Wade's "One Last Dance" season proved inspirational.
"There haven't been many successful guys that have done a retirement tour and been able to manage everything and strike a balance where it's not only about you,” Spoelstra said. “Dwyane did that brilliantly.
"This was about the team. He was breathing life into young players, creating a new generation of Miami Heat players with our young guys that, with his guidance, they took on another level. I cherish that.”
Five degrees of Heat from Wednesday's game:
1. The last Last Dance: Wade started for the second consecutive night but lacked lift after his postgame tumble amid Tuesday's postgame celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Nets offered the requisite pregame tribute, with Wade introduced first among the Heat starters amid a "Let's Go Heat!" chant.
He then shot 2 of 8 in the first quarter, including 1 of 5 on 3-pointers, playing all 12 minutes in the first period.
From there he took off, the crowd encouraging each rebound and assist.
"This is a surreal thing for me," Wade said of his closing season -- and closing night. "This is for real, I won't be making a comeback. This is it."
2. Wade's numbers: It was the 32nd consecutive game for Wade, 37, his longest stretch of consecutive games since he played 41 straight from Dec. 12, 2012 to March 22, 2013.
With a basket at the start of the second half, Wade moved past Elgin Baylor into sole possession of 29th place on the NBA all-time scoring list.
It was Wade's 17th consecutive game scoring in double figures, setting a franchise record for a reserve. The previous Heat record was 16 such games by Chris Gatling in 1996.
3. And Haslem, too: While he hasn't announced whether this, too, would be his 16th and final NBA season, power forward Udonis Haslem also was in the Heat starting lineup.
It was the first time that Wade and Haslem started together since April 13, 2015 against the Orlando Magic. That also was the date of Haslem's previous start.
Haslem, 38, closed with 12 points and 10 rebounds, sitting out the final period alongside Wade.
Haslem final basket, a jumper from the top of the key, provided Wade's 10th and final assist.
"It felt like I was shooting a game winner, man," Haslem said. "That's the way I felt when I was shooting the ball, I wanted it so bad for him."
Haslem starting left the Heat with their 29th starting lineup, the third highest single-season total in the franchise's 31 seasons, behind the 31 we used in 2014-15 and 30 in 2007-08.
Of whether Haslem will join him in retirement, Wade said, "If he still wants to play, keep playing.
"The fortunate part for UD is he's with an organization to make that decision. I was just ready."
He added. "I was thankfully to be able to finish it with him."
Haslem said he would need time for such a decision.
"I'll need three days to recover first," he quipped after playing 29:41, "then I'll have an answer."
4. The long run: Second-year center Bam Adebayo, who was held out of the opening lineup in deference to Haslem, closed as the lone Heat player to appear in all 82 games.
He became the 16th player in franchise history to play in every game of a season, something that has been done 19 times overall, and the first since Norris Cole in 2013-14.
At 21 years, 9 months, Adebayo became the youngest player in franchise history to play all 82 games in a season.
5. Benchwarmer: A day after questioning whether he might benefit by opting out this summer to find more playing time elsewhere, Hassan Whiteside did not see action, with Haslem moving into the starting lineup and Adebayo playing as the primary big man off the bench.
Spoelstra said it was a factor of Haslem being inserted in the rotation, something he addressed in advance with Whiteside. Whiteside said he was dealing with a sore hip and had no issue with being held out.
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