Was Tuesday the final game between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (3) and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James hug after the Heat defeated the Cavs, 98-79, at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

MIAMI — At the end of the Heat’s blowout win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, LeBron James walked over and embraced former teammate and close friend Dwyane Wade.

Since entering the league together as top picks in the 2003 draft, James and Wade have shared plenty of moments. Whether it’s facing off as young players, winning two titles together in Miami or reuniting in Cleveland, their relationship has included a lot of different phases.

But the hug at the end of Tuesday’s game was special because it could be the final time they share a basketball court as NBA players, with the 36-year-old Wade non-committal about playing past this season.

“The narrative since he came [to the Heat] is that he’s not quite sure what he’s going to do next year,” James said of Wade after the loss. “He’s going to assess everything.  At the end of the game, we kind of had that moment. It’s been 15 years strong as brothers, as teammates, as competitors, as teammates again, as competitors again. Our brotherhood is beyond this game of basketball. You just don’t take it for granted. You just don’t know. We’ll see what happens in the summer.”

A Cavaliers-Heat first-round playoff series is certainly possible, and that would allow James and Wade to play against each other again in just a few weeks on an even bigger stage.

But if Tuesday is the last time they face off, Wade’s all-time record against James will end in an even split at 15-15. And Wade would end their friendly rivalry in fashion, as he finished the win with 12 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and four blocks in 17 minutes.

Two of Wade’s blocks came on James, and one was an emphatic swat that landed out of bounds on a six-foot pull-up jumper in the second quarter. Did James hear from his friend after that play?

“Nah,” James said. “That’s one thing we don’t brag about, what we do against each other. We talk about what we do against everybody else.”

And they’ve done a lot against everybody else, especially when they were Heat teammates from 2010-14. Those memories still come back to James when he walks into AmericanAirlines Arena.

“From an opponent and then as one of their own, it’s a lot of memories here for sure,” James said of Miami. “It’s been one of the best places for me to showcase my talent whether it’s as an opponent or as one of them. This building ain’t going away any time soon and neither am I.”

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