Against a well-coached, defensively sound premier foe in the Miami Heat, Dinwiddie operated with a certain calmness and ease that screamed superstar. Is that to say he is one? No. But for just over 35 minutes on January 10, you could not tell me otherwise.
It was an offensive clinic. He never looked rushed or flustered operating in a pick-and-roll, in isolation, or within the flow of the offense.
He got his teammates involved by dishing out a career-high 14 assists and also registered 26 points on 10-19 shooting. Likewise, he also turned the rock over just twice despite the gravitational pull he produced.
It was a massive win; it halted that seven-game slide we mentioned earlier and it did so against one of the conference’s best with Irving slated to return the following contest.
It was a joyous occasion for fans of the organization that had endured an up-and-down campaign up to that point. We now know that rollercoaster was only beginning, but at the time, this felt great. And the victory was not possible without the brilliance of one Spencer Dinwiddie.
It’s been a rather tumultuous season, but there were some bright spots that emerged from the darkness—these were three of them.