Miami HEAT in Game Seven

Welcome to Game Seven HEAT Fans! The rules are simple: win and face your destiny or lose and go golfin’! Consider yourself lucky that you’re in the building for Game Seven, also known as the “Best Day In Sports.” But if you thought just being here will suffice, think again. Game Seven is unlike any other game. Everything is elevated. EVERYTHING. The ball bounces harder. The fouls are tougher. Even the food tastes more delicious. We need you to rock the AmericanAirlines Arena! So get loud and LET’S GO HEAT! Here’s a look back into the history of the Miami HEAT in Game Seven.

June 9, 2012
(2) Miami HEAT vs. (4) Boston Celtics
AmericanAirlines Arena.
Eastern Conference Finals. W, 101-88
From 8:06 remaining in the third quarter until the 7:34 mark in the final quarter, no team had a lead of more than two points. The HEAT then went on an 18-6 run over the final 7:34 to earn the 101-88 victory. James had 31 points and 12 rebounds, his fifth 30-point, 10-rebound game this series as Dwyane Wade finished with 23 points, 14 coming in the second half, and Chris Bosh poured in 19 points of his own.

May 3, 2009
(5) Miami HEAT vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks
Philips Arena. First Round. L, 91-78
The Hawks increased their lead by as much as 29 before Miami went on a 11-0 run, cutting the margin down to 18 with 4:17 remaining, but Atlanta maintained their lead and closed out the game 91-78. Dwyane Wade finished with a game-high 31 points.

June 6, 2005
(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (1) Miami HEAT
AmericanAirlines Arena.
Eastern Conference Finals. L, 88-82
With 17 seconds left, HEAT Guard Damon Jones had a chance cut the Pistons lead to one, but he only hit on one of two free throws. Detroit went 6-for-6 down the stretch for the win. Dwyane Wade finished the game with 20 points.

May 4, 2004
(5) New Orleans vs. (4) Miami HEAT
AmericanAirlines Arena. First Round. W, 85-77
New Orleans staged a run to cut the HEAT lead to just five points with 2:49 remaining. However, the HEAT responded on each possession and hit their free throws in the closing minutes to seal the victory. The HEAT starters came up big, with Caron Butler tallying 23 points and grabbing nine rebounds, while Lamar Odom finished with 16 points and nine boards.

May 21, 2000
(3) New York Knicks vs. (2) Miami HEAT
AmericanAirlines Arena.
Eastern Conference Semifinals. L, 83-82
Tim Hardaway, who finished with 15 points (his 2000 playoff high) and seven assists, staked Miami to its final lead (82-81) when he drained a triple with 1:32 left setting the stage for Patrick Ewing’s dunk, which proved to be the game winner. The HEAT had a chance in the final seconds to reclaim the lead, but Clarence Weatherspoon missed a jumper with seven seconds left.

May 18, 1997
(3) New York Knicks vs (2) Miami HEAT
Miami Arena.
Eastern Conference Semifinals. W, 101-90

The HEAT was paced in scoring by Tim Hardaway, who had a then HEAT playoff-high 38 points, a game-high seven assists and a game-high five steals. The win allowed Miami to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Chicago Bulls.