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ANIMATED: Beautiful LeBron James Tip Pass Leads To Easy Dwyane Wade Dunk

There have been plenty of highlights for Miami Heat fans through the first three quarters of their Christmas Day matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. But the best highlight of the day may have come midway through the third quarter involving yet another beautiful play by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in transition.

LeBron took a lob pass on the breakaway and beat Shawn Marion on the weak side to get to the ball in the air. Instead of attempting a contested alley-oop dunk, James quickly tipped it back to a trailing Wade, who took the pass in mid air and jammed it home. It's just one of many amazing passes and Christmas highlights from LeBron so far today.

An animated GIF of the tip pass and Wade's dunk after the jump:

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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.