With the 2022 playoffs just around the corner and the prospect of something happening to the Miami Heat, from winning their fourth championship to winning the first round, we thought we’d take a look back at the ten most memorable games in history. Miami Heat playoffs. .

With apologies to Anthony Carter for the panel game winner, Clarence Weatherspoon’s ending brick, JJ Barea’s post defense and San Antonio’s faulty air conditioning system, we present this trip down memory lane in basketball- ball.

10) Wade silences the guy in the purple shirt – Game 6 First Round vs. Charlotte Hornets – April 29, 2016

Nobody respected a 34-year-old Dwyane Wade. Everyone called him washed out, after the Heat went 3 games to 2 against the Charlotte Hornets. The loudest voice belonged to a giant fan sitting in Charlotte wearing a silly purple shirt and bandana for karate kids. But Wade had a ten-point fourth quarter, including a surprise couple of three-pointers and a spectacular block to win the game and ultimately the series.

9) Heartbreak Against Detroit – Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Detroit Pistons – June 6, 2005

The Heat were so close to their first NBA Finals. Up to three games against two against the Pistons and looking like world beaters. But at the end of Game 5, Wade injured his ribs, forcing him to miss Game 6. He snuck in for the deciding Game 7 and scored 20 points coming off the bench, but neither that nor the 27 points from Shaq, nor a six-point lead in the 4th quarter. turned out to be enough. The Heat turned icy, making just two baskets in the excruciating final seven minutes of one of the worst losses in Miami Heat playoff history.

8) The Block – Eastern Conference Game 1 Final vs. Boston Celtics – September 15, 2020

It was already a tense home and away game. Then, at the end of overtime with five seconds left, the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum drove to the basket for what appeared to be an equalizing dunk. But Bam Adebayo said no sir, with a physics-defying block.

7) LJ vs. Zo vs. Jeff Van Gundy – First Round of Game 4 vs. New York Knicks – April 29, 1998

The Knicks/Heat game of the late 90s was the most vicious rivalry the Heat ever had and probably will ever have. There was so much hatred between these two teams illustrated by this brouhaha. Game 4 was about to be tied two games a play, when Larry Johnson of the Knicks and Alonzo Mourning of the Heat went crazy and punched each other. Neither of these carcasses was able to land a blow. In fact, only Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy made contact by grabbing Zo’s leg. But because of their attempted punches, both players were suspended for Game 5 decider. Without their most valuable player, the Zo-less Heat were taken down in Game 5, allowing the Knicks to advance to the round following.

6) The LeBron Game – Game 6 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Boston Celtics – June 7, 2012

It took a few years, but the Heat finally looked like the team we expected when LeBron said the Heat would win “not one, not two, not three” championships. Heat fans thought it would be easy with the stacked squad of LeBron, Bosh and Wade, but the first two seasons were tough. Never more so than before this game when the Heat were down three games to two on the brink of elimination against an inferior and aged Boston Celtics. But then LeBron made it easy with 45 points, 15 rebounds, barely missing a shot as the Heat were on course for their second championship season.

5) The Brawl – Game 5 Second Round vs. New York Knicks – May 13, 1997

The game was over. The Heat were up double digits with minutes to bring the series to three games to two, with the Knicks having a chance to close the series at home. Then the craziest series of events I have ever seen in playoff basketball erupted. Knick Charlie Ward tried to pull the knees out of Miami Heat’s PJ Brown. Brown objected and threw Ward into the stands. A scrum broke out, but Brown was the only Heat player to be suspended. All of the Knicks stars rushed off the bench and due to a technicality of players not being allowed to walk on the court during an altercation, they were all suspended. The Heat capitalized on the absences and eliminated the Knicks to advance to their first-ever Eastern Conference Finals.

4) Jimmy Butler Gives It All – Game 5 Final vs. LA Lakers – October 9, 2020

2020 has been a difficult year. Everything was closed, everyone was out of work, and it wasn’t considered safe to be near anyone. So that year’s Miami Heat team earned a special place in my heart. This team played as if every possession was a matter of life and death. No player has embodied this more than Jimmy Butler. In the absence of his two most talented teammates in Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic, Butler hampered the team to exhaustion. 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists were enough to stave off elimination for at least one game and give Heat fans hope that, as bad as things look, maybe with a little heart and courage, everything would be fine after all.

3) Allan Houston Breaks Miami Hearts – Game 5, First Round vs. New York Knicks – May 15, 1999

In the modern NBA, 79 points is a low score for three quarters. But in 1999, that’s all the Heat would have needed to beat the hated New York Knicks. The Heat led 77-76 with 4.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter of a winner-takes-all Game 5. All they needed was one stoppage. But Allan Houston, who had only scored ten points so far, decided to accept the luckiest rebound in NBA history. He threw a floater that rattled off the front of the rim, bounced high in the air and by the time he landed through the net, the Heat had just 0.8 seconds left to attempt a desperation three. Knicks fans celebrated throughout a surprise trip to the Finals. Heat fans have spent the summer crying.

2) The Comeback – NBA Game 3 Finals vs. Dallas Mavericks – June 14, 2006

Down two games to nil and eleven points behind with less than six minutes to play, coach Pat Riley called a time out. Instead of writing a play, he wrote the word “SEASON” on his board. Whether it was a coincidence or the push the Heat needed, they ran for ages. Closing the game on a 22-7 run with 42 total points by Dwyane Wade, the Heat won that game and three others to boot to secure the city’s first-ever basketball championship.

1) The Ray Allen Shot – NBA Finals Game 6 vs. San Antonio Spurs – June 17, 2013

As if there had been a debate? No team had come as close to losing an NBA Finals as the 2013 Miami Heat to coming back to win it. Three games to two and five points with just 28 seconds left, it looked like the Spurs had clinched their fifth NBA championship. But then the Heat’s LeBron James made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to two. The Heat fouled Spurs’ Kawhal Leonard who missed one of his two free throws. The Heat had one more chance (or actually two more chances) and made the most of it. As announcer Mike Breen said, “James catches, rolls a 3, won’t go.” Bouncing Bosh. Return to Allen. Its 3 points. Snap!” The Heat beat the Spurs in overtime and then won Game 7 for their third (and hopefully not the last) championship.

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