Miami Heat in History

Events in Sport

  • 1988-03-02 The flaming basketball is adopted as NBA franchise Miami Heat’s official logo from over 13,000 entries; Mark Henderson submits the winning entry
  • 1988-06-23 Charlotte Hornets & Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft
  • 1988-11-05 1st NBA game at Miami Arena, Miami Heat loss to LA Clippers, 111-91
  • 1988-12-14 NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses
  • 1989-01-17 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • 1991-12-17 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts
  • 1994-04-05 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • 1996-05-01 Miami Heat beaten, 112-91 to Chicago Bulls to be swept 3-0 in round 1 of NBA Eastern Division playoffs; first time in his 14 years as head coach Pat Riley ousted in the opening round
  • 1996-11-02 Miami Heat’s Pat Riley becomes eighth coach to win 800 games in 97-95 win at Indiana; milestone accomplished 2 weeks shy of his 15th coaching anniversary, faster than any coach in NBA history
  • 1999-04-01 Philadelphia 76ers head coach Larry Brown wins his 900th pro game with an 88-84 win over Miami Heat; Brown record: 671-547 NBA, 229-107 ABA, combined 900-654
  • 2000-01-02 19,600 fans watch the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic, 111-103 in the first NBA game at the Heat's new American Airlines Arena in Miami
  • 2000-11-01 Pat Riley becomes only 2nd coach in NBA history to accumulate 1,000 regular season victories when Miami Heat open season with a 105-79 victory v Orlando Magic; Lenny Wilkens is first to achieve the mark
  • 2002-10-01 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat

NBA Finals

2006-06-20 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 95-92 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dwyane Wade

  • 2010-02-14 59th NBA All-Star Game, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX: East beats West, 141-139; MVP: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, G
  • 2011-06-12 NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 105-95 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dirk Nowitzki

NBA Record

2012-01-17 LeBron James becomes youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points during the Miami Heat's 92-75 victory over Golden State; James, 28 years, 17 days, passes Kobe Bryant, 29 years, 122 days

  • 2012-06-21 NBA Finals: Miami Heat win their second NBA title; beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 in Game 5; MVP: LeBron James
  • 2013-06-20 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 95-88 in Game 7 for back-to-back titles; MVP: LeBron James for second straight year
  • 2014-06-15 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 104-87 in Game 5 for 5th NBA Championship in franchise history; MVP: Kawhi Leonard
  • 2020-10-11 NBA Finals: LA Lakers beat Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 to win record equalling 17th title; MVP: LeBron James; first to win the award with 3 different teams

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1951-09-25 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1954-11-05 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1959-05-10 Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • 1961-06-28 Jeff Malone, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1986, 87; Utah Jazz, Washington Bullets), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1962-12-31 Tyrone Corbin, American NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1965-09-09 Dan Majerle, American NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Traverse City, Michigan
  • 1966-09-01 Tim Hardaway, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1991–93, 97, 98; All-NBA First Team 1997; Olympic gold 2000; Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967-01-29 Stacey King, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 1991, 92, 93 Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (CSN Chicago), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1967-09-03 Chris Gatling, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1997; Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1967-10-05 Rex Chapman, NBA guard (Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1967-12-21 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons), born in Romulus, Michigan
  • 1968-04-22 (Vernell) "Bimbo" Coles, American NBA basketball guard, 1990-2004 (Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, and 3 other teams; Olympic bronze, 1988), born in Covington, Virginia
  • 1968-06-14 Eric Murdock, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Miami Heat), born in Somerville, New Jersey
  • 1968-06-14 Tony Smith, American NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • 1969-08-18 Isaac Austin, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Gridley, California
  • 1969-10-14 P J Brown, NBA center/forward (NJ Nets, Miami Heat)
  • 1970-02-08 Alonzo Mourning, American NBA executive and center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1970-02-26 Sasha Danilovic, Serbian NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1970-03-12 Rex Walters, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat)
  • 1970-04-16 Walt Williams, American NBA forward and guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970-07-14 Mark Strickland, American NBA forward (Miami Heat), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970-11-01 Erik Spoelstra, American basketball head coach (Miami Heat 2008-19; NBA champion 2012-13), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1972-04-07 Malcolm Huckaby, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1972-11-29 Jamal Mashburn, American NBA forward (Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1973-05-14 Voshon Lenard, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1975-08-22 Charles C. Smith, American baseball player, NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1975-11-18 Jason Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA C'ship 2006, Miami Heat; NBA All-Rookie First Team 1999), born in Belle, West Virginia
  • 1977-01-13 James Posey, American basketball small forward (NBA C'ship 2006 Miami Heat, 2008 Boston Celtics, 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers [assistant coach]), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979-08-08 Rashard Lewis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 2005, 09; NBA C'ship 2013; Miami Heat), born in Pineville, Louisiana

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade (41 years old)

1982-01-17 American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1983-03-09 Wayne Simien, American basketball player (Miami Heat), born in Leavenworth, Kansas

LeBron JamesLeBron James (38 years old)

1984-12-30 American basketball forward (NBA C'ship & MVP 2012, 2013, 2016, 2020; 16 × NBA All-Star; Olympic gold 2008, 12; Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, LA Lakers), born in Akron, Ohio

  • 1989-09-14 Jimmy Butler, American basketball small forward (Olympic gold 2016; NBA All-Star 2015–18, 20, 22; Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat), born in Houston, Texas