1993-94: Best Season Yet For HEAT
Better days did come along in 1993-94. The HEAT posted its best season ever, finishing 42-40 and sneaking into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami put a scare into the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in a first-round series. The HEAT won Game 1 (the first playoff win in franchise history) and Game 3 before the Hawks rallied to win the final two contests and take the series.
For the season, Glen Rice was the team's scoring leader with 21.1 points per game, 10th best in the league. Rony Seikaly pulled down a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game, and the Heat led the league in team free throw percentage at .785. In the offseason talented young guard Steve Smith participated on Dream Team II, the United States squad that won a gold medal at the 1994 World Championship of Basketball.