Eastern Conference First Round (Miami 4, Milwaukee 0)
Game 1-April. 21 (Miami 110, Milwaukee 87): The HEAT cruised to a victory in Game 1 of the first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The HEAT led by double-figures most of the way behind yet another strong effort from LeBron James who finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Ray Allen scored 20 points off the bench while Dwyane Wade added 16 points and five assists. The HEAT started fast by jumping to an early nine-point lead. The start of the third quarter is when the HEAT turned it on. The HEAT led by as many as 25 in the second half. Miami finished with five players in double-figures, with center Chris Bosh scoring 15 and reserve Chris Andersen 10.
Game 2-April. 23 (Miami 98, Milwaukee 86):Dwyane Wade scored 21 points to lead the HEAT to a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their first-round series. Miami now leads 2-0. Wade paced the HEAT for three quarters before James was the leader of a fourth-quarter burst that broke things open. James finished with 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting and added eight rebounds and six assists. The HEAT finished with five players in double figures, with Ray Allen and Chris Andersen both scoring 10 points off the bench.
Game 3-April. 25 (Milwaukee 91, Miami 104):Ray Allen (23 points) drained five 3-pointers, breaking the all-time playoff record for made threes. LeBron James added 22 as the Miami HEAT pulled away to a 104-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks taking a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Chris Bosh added 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Game 4-April. 28 (Milwaukee 77, Miami 88):LeBron James scored 30 points and led a fourth-quarter pull-away as the Miami HEAT swept the Milwaukee Bucks out of the playoffs with an 88-77 victory Sunday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. With the 4-0 sweep, the HEAT advances to the second round of the NBA Playoffs to meet the winner of the Chicago-Brooklyn series. James assisted on four huge 3-pointers and scored the other seven points in a 19-5 run in the fourth quarter after Milwaukee pulled within 69-67 on a basket by Monta Ellis. The HEAT won despite the absence of Wade, who sat out because of a sore right knee. Ray Allen added 16 points, including 4-of-7 shooting on 3-pointers.
Eastern Conference Semifinals (Miami 4, Chicago 1)
Game 1-May. 6 (Miami 86, Chicago 93): LeBron James had 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting but was held in check for three quarters. The Bulls did it behind a strong defensive effort, holding the HEAT to just 39 percent shooting from the field. The HEAT's Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to shoot 18-of-43 from the field. Wade finished 14 points while Bosh had just nine points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Game 2-May. 8 (Miami 115, Chicago 78): The series heads back to Chicago tied 1-1. Ray Allen led the HEAT with 21 points off the bench while guard Dwyane Wade added 15. Center Chris Bosh finished with 13 points. LeBron scored all of his 19 points in the first half and dished nine assists. James made an effort to start faster after waiting three quarters before getting involved offensively in Game 1. This time, he was active early and helped the HEAT to a 14-point lead at halftime. It was more of the same in the second half with the lead growing to 46 points. The 37-point victory margin was the largest in HEAT postseason history. It was also the worst playoff defeat for the Bulls.
Game 3-May. 10 (Chicago 94, Miami 104):After an aggressive first half that saw three technical fouls and one ejection, the Miami HEAT outlasted the Chicago Bulls 104-94 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. LeBron James scored 25 points, 17 in the second half, to lead Miami, which also got 20 points and 19 rebounds from Chris Bosh.
Game 4-May. 13 (Chicago 65, Miami 88):LeBron James scored 27 points and was one of only two Miami players in double figures as the visiting HEAT crushed a still-depleted and completely exhausted Bulls team 88-65 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. Chris Bosh added 14 points for the HEAT. Bosh was 7 for 10 from the field and is shooting 50 percent from the field for the series. Norris Cole, who was shooting 80 percent in the first three games, cooled off by going two for four from the field Monday, but is still shooting 75 percent (18 for 24) from the field.
Game 5-May. 15 (Chicago 91, Miami 94):LeBron James scored 23 points and a resurgent Dwyane Wade added 18 points to lead the Miami HEAT past the Chicago Bulls clinching the series 4-1 and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for a third straight year. The Bulls led 75-64 with 1:50 left in the third quarter before the HEAT rallied in the fourth. The HEAT grabbed their first lead of the second half, 82-81, on Norris Cole's jumpshot with 6:48 remaining. Miami then did just enough to hold off the Bulls, who had two chances to tie in the closing seconds. Richard Hamilton and Jimmy Butler each missed 3-pointers that would have potentially forced overtime.
Eastern Conference Finals (Miami 4, Indiana 3)
Game 1-May. 22 (Indiana 102, Miami 103):LeBron James hit a running layup as time expired to lead the Miami HEAT to a 103-102 overtime victory against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. James finished with a game-high 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his ninth career triple-double in the playoffs. The Pacers appeared on the path to an upset in the opening game after Paul George, who was fouled by Dwyane Wade, hit three free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to make it 102-101. After a timeout, James caught the ball near the foul line and drove past George for the easy layup to clinch the victory. The HEAT had five players score in double-figures, including Chris Bosh (17), Wade (19), Mario Chalmers (10) and Chris Andersen (16).
Game 2-May. 24 (Indiana 97, Miami 93):Roy Hibbert had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a victory against the Miami HEAT in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series is now tied at 1-1 as it heads back to Indiana. Miami grabbed its first lead, 79-78, on a LeBron James jumpshot with 10:46 left in the game but it was short-lived. The Pacers quickly regained the advantage and held off several late runs by the Heat to steal homecourt advantage in the series. James led the HEAT with 36 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Game 3-May. 26 (Miami 114, Indiana 96):Udonis Haslem (17 points), Mario Chalmers (14) and Chris Andersen (nine) combined for 40 points on 16-for-19 shooting as the Miami HEAT put on a dominant performance in routing the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern finals. LeBron James scored 18 of his 22 points to set the tone in Miami's 70-point first half, and the role-players took it from there.
Game 4-May. 28 (Miami 92, Indiana 99):Roy Hibbert scored a huge three-point play with 1:30 remaining as Indiana outscored Miami 13-3 in the final five minutes to pull out a victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Hibbert followed his own miss and drew LeBron James' fifth foul to put Indiana up 94-89 and Stephenson answered James' 3-pointer with a strong drive into traffic. James fouled out on the next possession, the result of an illegal screen against Stephenson, leaving Miami without its closer. James scored 24 but did little damage in the post after being dominant there in Game 3. Mario Chalmers scored 20 and Dwyane Wade 16 for the HEAT. The series is tied 2-2.
Game 5-May. 30 (Indiana 79, Miami 90):LeBron James scored 16 of his game-high 30 points in the third quarter to lead the Miami HEAT to a 90-79 comeback victory against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to take a 3-2 series lead. Miami trailed most of the game before taking control in the third quarter. Led by James, they quickly erased a four-point halftime deficit and are now just one victory from advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight season. The winner of this matchup will play the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals. James made 13-for-26 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He also had eight rebounds and six assists. With Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade combining for just 17 points, the HEAT received big lifts from Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers. Haslem scored 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting, while Chalmers had 12 points and six assists.
Game 6-June. 1 (Miami 77, Indiana 91):For the fifth time in franchise history, the Indiana Pacers are one victory away from the NBA Finals as they defated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Finals. That sets up Game 7 in Miami, with the HEAT seeking their third consecutive berth in the NBA Finals and the Pacers their second ever -- and first since 2000. The Pacers limited Miami to 36-percent shooting and dominated things inside, winning the rebounding battle 53-33 and outscoring the HEAT 44-22 in the paint. LeBron James scored 29 with seven rebounds and six assists. Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 15 points on 4-for-16 shooting.
Game 7-June. 3 (Indiana 76, Miami 99):LeBron James scored a game-high 32 points and the Miami HEAT got double-figure scoring games from Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen in a victory against the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. James also finished with eight rebounds and four assists, but he was far from alone in the effort. Wade scored 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Allen added 10 points, including three 3-pointers, and Chris Bosh had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The HEAT led by as many as 28 in the second half, ending a surprise season for the Pacers. The HEAT won the series 4-3 and advance to the Finals to face the San Antonio Spurs.
NBA Finals (Miami 4, San Antonio 3)
Game 1-June. 6 (San Antonio 92, Miami 88):LeBron James led the HEAT with a triple-double of 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. The HEAT led most of the way before the Spurs grabbed the lead for good on a jumper by Kawhi Leonard that made it 79-78 with seven minutes remaining. They pushed the lead to seven when Danny Green hit a 3-pointer to make it 88-81. Miami then scored five straight points, capped by three free throws by Ray Allen. After Duncan and James exchanged free throws, the stage was set for the Spurs' final possession. With the shot clock winding down, Parker released a shot just before the buzzer sounded. After being reviewed by officials, the basket was ruled good.
Game 2-June. 9 (San Antonio 84, Miami 103):Behind 19 points from Mario Chalmers, the Miami HEAT defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The series is now tied 1-1. Chalmers made 6 of his 12 shots from the field, including a pair of three-point plays during the HEAT's decisive run late in the third quarter. His production helped make up for a bit of an off game from LeBron James, who finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The HEAT also got double-figure scoring games from Ray Allen (13 points) and Chris Bosh (12) to offset James' struggles. Guard Dwyane Wade finished with 10 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Mike Miller had nine points, going 3-for-3 from the arc. After the teams played close for a half, the HEAT broke it open in the third quarter. They led by as many as 27 in the second half.
Game 3-June. 11 (Miami 77, San Antonio 113):Mike Miller went 5-for-5 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, making all of his shots from the 3-point line to score 15 points. Dwyane Wade had 16 points and five assists while LeBron James made 15 points, his lowest of this year's Finals. Chris Bosh contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. San Antonio Spurs Danny Green and Gary Neal each delivered career-playoff highs -- Green 27 points in 30 minutes and Neal 24 in 25 minutes -- and the Spurs set a Finals record with 16 3-pointers in a triumph over the Miami HEAT giving San Antonio a 2-1 lead in the series, and the HEAT a 36-point loss that is the franchise-worst in the playoffs.
Game 4-June. 13 (Miami 109, San Antonio 93):LeBron James reasserted his MVP credentials, and his Big Three cohorts showed up mightily and helped the Miami HEAT place the NBA Finals into another gridlock with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Thursday's Game 4 at AT&T Center. James scored 33 points, and Dwyane Wade (32 points) and Chris Bosh (20 points) came in with their best games of this series by far to even it at 2-2 with two days off before Game 5. The Spurs, who hold one more home game in the series on Sunday, got 20 points from Tim Duncan and 15 more from Tony Parker, who was scoreless in the second half while playing through a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring that surfaced during Game 3 on Tuesday.
Game 5-June. 16 (Miami 104, San Antonio 114):An intriguing move by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to put the previously struggling Manu Ginobili into the Game 5 starting lineup paid off for the San Antonio Spurs, as he scored 24 points and had 10 assists to lead them to a victory over the Miami HEAT in the NBA Finals. The HEAT failed to win consecutive games yet again, despite 25 points from both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh added 16 points and Ray Allen came off the bench for 7-for-10 shooting and 21 points. But the HEAT could not overcome 60-percent shooting by the Spurs.
Game 6-June. 18 (San Antonio 100, Miami 103):Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer to force overtime and then two free throws to help ice the Miami HEAT's 103-100 comeback victory in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The series is even at 3-all, with Game 7 coming Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The HEAT trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter and were down 75-65 entering the fourth quarter. LeBron James scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to pace the HEAT. James also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds for a triple-double. Mario Chalmers added 20 points while Dwyane Wade had 14. The Spurs led by five with 28 seconds left in regulation before the HEAT went on a 6-1 run, capped by Allen's 3-pointer from the corner to force overtime. James gave the HEAT the lead for good on a jump shot with 1:43 left. Miami sealed the win after Manu Ginobili committed a turnover, allowing Allen to ice with two free throws. Danny Green had a chance to force a second overtime but had his shot blocked by Chris Bosh in the closing seconds.
Game 7-June. 20 (San Antonio 88, Miami 95):LeBron James had 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Miami HEAT to a 95-88 victory against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, capturing their second straight championship. James shot 12-for-23 from the field and also had 12 rebounds and four assists. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds. James and Wade were too much for San Antonio down the stretch. They scored 10 of the HEAT's final 13 points. Their production was sprinkled in with a little Shane Battier, too, who scored 18 points on six 3-pointers. After James hit a jumper with 27 seconds left, he sealed it by stealing the Spurs' inbound pass on the next possession.