2001-02: HEAT Fights For Position

During the summer of 2001, the Miami HEAT traded long-time point guard Tim Hardaway to Dallas in a sign-and-trade deal in which they acquired a second-round draft choice in either 2003 or 2004 and a trade exception. The team also selected Ohio State University center Ken Johnson with the 49th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. The HEAT brought in veteran free agents Rod Strickland, LaPhonso Ellis and Kendall Gill to support stars Eddie Jones and Brian Grant. Alonzo Mourning also returned to the HEAT for the entire 2001-2002 season after missing the first 69 games of the 2000-01 campaign.

On November 6, the HEAT defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 87-85 in overtime, at the AmericanAIrlines Arena to record the 500th win in franchise history. On December 2nd, the HEAT signed free agent Jimmy Jackson to bolster the bench. The HEAT would struggle, though, throughout December. By December 30th, the HEAT was 5-23. After that point, the HEAT would pick-up in intensity as the squad reeled off a 26-12 record to bring its record to 31-35 by March 20th and was within a few games of the final playoff spot. The HEAT stumbled after that point as the Toronto Raptors grabbed the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The HEAT ended the season with a 36-46 record, 18-23 on the road and 18-23 at home.

As the team struggled, HEAT players and staff continued to reach impressive milestones. Guard Rod Strickland moved into sole possession of seventh place on the the NBA’s all-time assists list, surpassing Lenny Wilkens, with his first assist of the night and 7,212th of his career with 8:54 remaining in the opening quarter of Miami’s 92-79 home victory over Chicago. Radio Announcer José Pañeda broadcasted his 1,000th HEAT game in Spanish as Miami defeated Orlando 112-95 on February 13th. LaPhons Ellis was named the winner of the NBA’s 2001-2002 Atalntic Division Sportsmanship Award, designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals on the court. Alonzo Mourning was selected as a reserve for the 2002 Eastern Conference All-Star team, marking the seventh appearance in his career. The NBA named Alonzo Mourning the recipient of the NBA’s 2001-02 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his outstanding community service.

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A season defined by overcoming adversity and showing true perseverance, Inside The HEAT recaps all of the inspiring moments of the 2015-16 season in this special finale.

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Inside the HEAT: 2015-16 Season Recap Seg. 1

A season defined by overcoming adversity and showing true perseverance, Inside The HEAT recaps all of the inspiring moments of the 2015-16 season in this special finale.
Jun 8, 2016  |  06:15

Inside the HEAT: 2015-16 Season Recap Seg. 2

A season defined by overcoming adversity and showing true perseverance, Inside The HEAT recaps all of the inspiring moments of the 2015-16 season in this special finale.
Jun 8, 2016  |  05:00

Inside the HEAT: 2015-16 Season Recap Seg. 3

A season defined by overcoming adversity and showing true perseverance, Inside The HEAT recaps all of the inspiring moments of the 2015-16 season in this special finale.
Jun 8, 2016  |  05:16

Inside the HEAT: 2015-16 Season Recap Seg. 4

A season defined by overcoming adversity and showing true perseverance, Inside The HEAT recaps all of the inspiring moments of the 2015-16 season in this special finale.
Jun 8, 2016  |  06:03

Dwyane Wade's Ultimate Playoff Mixtape

Check out Dwyane Wade's Ultimate Playoff Mixtape with the Miami Heat.
May 17, 2016  |  02:46

Play by Players: Allen Three

The HEAT players relive the Ray Allen three point basket from Game 6 of the 2013 finals and add their own call to the highlight
Jan 11, 2016  |  01:34

25th Anniversary Moments: Brian Shaw 10 3's

The HEAT's 25th anniversary season celebrating great HEAT moments
Apr 9, 2013  |  02:05

25TH Anniversary 3's - Hardaway various long 3 pointers

Hardaway launches and makes a couple deep 3's.
Mar 1, 2013  |  00:59

25TH Anniversary 3's - Bosh 3 sends game to OT

1-5-2012 Bosh drains a DEEP 3 to send the game into Overtime.
Mar 4, 2013  |  00:32

Miami's Historic Win Streak: Top 10

See the best moments from the Miami Heat's historic 27-game win steak.
Mar 29, 2013  |  00:00

25TH Anniversary 3's - Wade GAME WINNING 3 in double OT vs Bulls

3-9-09 Wade strips Salmons and hits a running 3 off of one leg to win the game in double OT.
Feb 25, 2013  |  00:48

25th Anniversary Blocks - Mourning blocks in 2006 Finals

2006 Finals Mourning blocks Terry and Mavs with a lot of passion.
Dec 22, 2012  |  00:39

25TH Anniversary 3's - Rice 3 from Askins late

2-5-1992 Rice hits a wide open 3 from Askins.
Mar 1, 2013  |  00:50

Heat Honor Majerle

The Miami Heat honor former player 'Thunder' Dan Majerle at half-time as part of their 25-year celebration.
Apr 9, 2013  |  00:00