The Miami Heat is an American professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, playing in the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami and their owner is Micky Arison, who also owns cruise-ship giant Carnival Corporation. The mascot of the team is Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball.
Miami Heat were formed in 1988 as one of the NBA's four expansion franchises and the name emerged after a great deal of thought had been given to calling the team Miami Vice after the famous TV crime and detection show!
Since then the Heat have won three league championships (in 2006, 2012 and 2013), five conference titles and 11 division titles. From February 3 to March 27, 2013, the Heat won 27 games in a row which is the second-longest streak in NBA history, after the Los Angeles Lakers' 33 wins in 1971–72. In 2013, Forbes valued the Heat at $625 million, making it the sixth-most-valuable among NBA franchises.
The Heat's 25-year history has been filled with highs—four finals appearances in the past eight years—as well as lows—three seasons of less than 20 wins—but, overall, the team that currently resides on beautiful Biscayne Boulevard has become one of the league's more formidable forces.
Dwyane Wade, or "Three," as he says he would now like to be called, was the only possible choice for the top player in Heat history. It is generally considered that without him, Miami Heat would still be looking for its first championship. Wade's 16,453 points are the most in franchise history, as are his 4,049 assists, 1,183 steals, 5,861 field goals, 4,390 free throws, and 24.8 points per game and 1.8 steals per game. Wade also holds the season records for points per game (30.2), steals (2.2), points (2,386), steals (173), field goals (854) and free throws (629). On top of that, Wade owns the Heat's records for free throws in a game (23), points in a playoff game (46), assists in a playoff game (15) and free throws in a playoff game (21).
Lebron James has of course made a major contribution during his period with the Heat. Since coming to Miami has won two-regular season MVPs, two Finals MVPs, two championships, he's made three All-NBA First Teams, three NBA All-Defensive First Teams and three All-Star teams.
Tim Hardaway, a two-time All-Star with the Heat, is the most iconic and greatest point guard in Heat history. The owner of four franchise records, including 19 assists in a single game and 806 three-point field goals over his career in Miami, Hardaway's No. 10 was retired by the Heat in 2009.
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