James now leads the all-time series against Wade 16–15.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade met for the 31st time as opponents on Monday night as the Lakers beat the Heat 108–105 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The pair entered tied in their all-time head-to-head at 15–15, but LeBron took the rubber match.
Wade is expected to retire at the end of 2018-19. He announced his return to Miami on a one-year contract in September.
"I feel it's right to ask you guys to ask you to join me for one last dance, for one last season," Wade said in a video. "I've given this game everything that I've had, and I'm happy about that. And I'm gonna give it for one last season, everything I have."
Watch Wade enter against James and the Lakers in the first quarter below:
The Lakers improved to 17–10, fifth in the West. The Heat now sit at 11–15.
LeBron finished with 28 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and the two embraced after the game and exchanged jerseys.
LeBron told reporters postgame: “It ended how it was supposed to end. ... Us two matched up against each other at the end. ... We all got a show tonight.”