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Dwyane Wade goes 1-on-1 with 90-year-old Grandma Nelly

By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 7:02 AM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014
Miami's Dwyane Wade in preseason game against Houston.
Miami's Dwyane Wade in preseason game against Houston.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Miami Heat guard met Grandma Nelly on the court Tuesday
  • She issued a challenge to play Dwyane Wade one-on-one
  • "This is my dream come true," she said

(CNN) -- When Grandma Nelly lays down a challenge, you'd better accept it.

And she wasn't shooting low. Nelly was gunning for NBA star Dwyane Wade.

"Dwyane Wade," she says, pointing her finger at the camera in a YouTube video. "On my 90th birthday, I want to play one-(on)-one with you."

On Tuesday, she got her wish.

Grandma Nelly -- AKA Illuminada Magtoto -- met Wade at the Heat practice facility for a little shoot-around.

"I want to play with you," said the grinning grandma who barely came up chest-high to the 6-foot, 4-inch guard. "Now I'm 90."

Wade appeared to be just as touched by the encounter.

"This gives me life. This gives me a purpose," he said after it was over.

Wade sealed the date with a kiss on the hand.

"Oh my God," she squealed.

"I'm very, very happy. I'm very grateful," Nelly said. "This is my dream come true."

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