'Thank Kevin Hart for That': Dwyane Wade Rolls Back the Years After Trash Talk

Dwyane Wade rolled back the years on Monday night as the Miami Heat snapped Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak and leveled their first-round playoffs series. And the secret of his performance was all down to trash talk.

The three-time NBA champion came off the bench to score a season-high 28 points in 23 minutes on the court, adding seven rebounds and three assists as the Heat emerged 113-103 winners at the Wells Fargo Center.

Asked to explain what had prompted such an outstanding game, Wade revealed he had felt particularly motivated after seeing Kevin Hart on the sideline, yelling and gesticulating throughout the entire game.

The Philadelphia-born comedian is a huge fan of his local team and he looked incredibly frustrated as Wade scored seemingly at will.

"You can thank Kevin Hart for that," Wade said after the game.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers guard and Hart are good friends and exchanged jokes on Twitter ahead of Philadelphia's trip to Florida.

Wade, who played just 19 minutes in Game One, scored 21 points in the first half alone, helping the Heat to establish a 14-point lead at halftime after trailing by seven in the first quarter. Over the last 15 minutes of the first half, he single-handedly outscored the Sixers alone 21-20.

His performance was even more impressive considering the 12-time All Star has averaged 12 points, 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds this season.

The Heat's decision to bring Wade back to Miami halfway through the season raised a few eyebrows, with some doubting the 36-year-old would be able to make an impact. However, Monday night showed the Illinois native has something left in his locker.

"A lot of people think that if you do decide to go out it's because you weren't supposed to be able to play no more. It's not always supposed to be that," Wade told ESPN after the game.

If seeing Hart on the sideline has such an effect on him, the Heat will hope the comedian can travel to Florida on Thursday night.