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Founded in 1988 as an expansion team, Miami Heat competes in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division of the NBA. Owned by Micky Arison, the franchise has won three Championships, five Conference titles and twelve Division titles. The current head coach of the Miami Heat is Erik Spoelstra.
Before the 2016-17 season began, Dwayne Wade decided to leave Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls. This was the team’s first season without Wade since 2003. The team got off to a rough 11-30 start but rallied to a 30-11 finish. They were eliminated in the last game of the season and ended up missing the playoffs. Hassan Whiteside was the highlight of the season for the team as he became the NBA’s leading rebounder.
And now, the Heat is back and have their sights set high for this upcoming season. With hungry veterans leading the charge, Miami looks to reign atop of the Southeastern Conference and bring home another NBA championship. Division rivals, the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks will fight to keep the Heat down. Every playoff race is an exciting one down on South Beach.
Grab your Miami Heat tickets and head down to the American Airlines Arena to help lead your team to a title.
Standout Moments from the Miami Heat History
A Cavalier Effort - The Heat played against the Cavaliers at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on March 5, 2017, as part of the NBA regular season. The Cavaliers side was missing key players. LeBron James was out for rest and so was Kyrie Irving. Kevin Love was not playing the game either, due to an injury. The Heat was able to easily defeat the weakened Cavaliers side 120-92.
But the next time the team met, James and Irving were well-rested and awaited the rematch eagerly. The Cavaliers wanted revenge, but didn’t quite get it. Miami stretched their lead to 20 in the early part of the fourth quarter and managed to hold off a furious comeback effort to win against the Cleveland side 106-98.
The Lucky 13-game winning streak - After losing five of their six games on the road, the Heat returned home with the second- worst record in the league, 11-3. This winning streak was called one of the most impressive winning streaks by Dwayne Wade of the Chicago Bulls, almost as good as when the Big 3 won 27 games in a row during 2013. The longest winning streak in the NBA in the 2016-2017 season, and the third-longest in the history of Miami Heat, finally came to an end with a defeat against the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, with a 117-109 score. Even though it came to an abrupt end, it is still considered one of the finest moments in professional basketball.
Rivalries of the Miami Heat
Miami Heat is part of major rivalries in the NBA. The main ones are the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, among many others.
Heat-Knicks Rivalry - This rivalry was, at one time, considered to be among the fiercest and most intense in the NBA. Sports Illustrated even called it the third best rivalry in the NBA. The first meeting of the two teams was on March 2, 1989. Since then, the team has met a total of 141 times, with the Knicks leading in all-time series records as well as regular season records. The postseason results, however, are tipped in the favor of Miami Heat with 15-14.
Bulls – Heat Rivalry - This rivalry started to heat up right around the time when the Miami side became contenders during the 1990s, a decade otherwise largely dominated by the Bulls. They were eliminated thrice by the Chicago Bulls, who eventually went on to win the title each of these three times. The rivalry was reignited in recent times as the Bulls, led by Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng battled it out against the Big 3 from Miami Heat, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Fierce battles and hard fought games is what this rivalry is all about. With a total of 135 meetings so far, the Chicago Bulls lead in the all-time series and regular season records, though the Heat are not far behind either.
Greatest Players of the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat has had quite a few amazing players in its side over the years. Dwayne Wade is at the top of the list for the greatest players. He has been the most significant player in the history of Miami Heat since he joined in 2003. His 16,453 points are the highest in the franchise history, along with his 4,049 assists, 1,183 steals, 4,390 free throws and 5,861 field goals.
LeBron James, who was with the team from 2010 - 2014, is without doubt one of the greatest players to put on a Miami Heat jersey. Even though he played only five seasons with the team, he already has five franchise records in triple-doubles (10), triple-doubles in a season (4), minutes played in a playoff game (50:17), steals in a playoff game (6) and field goals made in a playoff game (19).
Tim Hardaway was one of the most iconic and potentially the greatest point guards in the history of Miami Heat. He holds four franchise records, including 806 three-point field goals and 19 assists in a single game. His No. 10 was retired by the Heat in 2009.
Gear up for 2017!
With such a great team history and culture, fans of the Miami Heat cannot wait for the latest season to kick off. The home ground is all set to welcome thousands of fans. Located in the heart of downtown Miami, adjacent to South Beach, American Airlines Arena is one of the premier destinations in the NBA. Fans can enjoy, before and after contests, the vibrant entertainment and cultural districts surrounding the arena. Inside, The Heat have one of the most modern and sleek video/scoreboards in the league that changes colors depending on the atmosphere during games. Attending a Miami Heat game usually ends up being a great night out!
Get your hands on these Miami Heat tickets 2017 and prepare to watch an action-filled season live. The first preseason game kicks off at the American Airlines Arena against the Atlanta Hawks. Future games include those against rivals Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and many others.