Eastern Conference First Round (Miami 4, Charlotte 0)
Game 1-April. 20 (Charlotte 88, Miami 99): The two-time defending champion HEAT shook off a slow start to capture a 99-88 victory against the Bobcats in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday at American Airlines Arena. LeBron James led the HEAT with 27 points and nine rebounds. Guard Dwyane Wade added 23 points and five assists to help the HEAT grab a 1-0 lead in the series. The HEAT were down many as nine in the first half and trailed 52-49 with 9:01 left in the third quarter. Miami then received a boost from seldom-used reserve swingman James Jones, who scored 12 points. Jones hit a 3-pointer with 45.1 seconds left in the third quarter to make it a six-point game. Chris Bosh scored 13 points Chris Andersen led the team in rebounds with 10.
Game 2-April. 23 (Charlotte 97, Miami 101): LeBron James handled the scoring and Dwyane Wade came up with a big defensive play late in the Miami HEAT's victory Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats. The HEAT now lead the first-round, best-of-7 series 2-0. James scored a game-high 32 points on 11 of shooting. He also had eight assists and six rebounds. The Bobcats had a chance to force overtime when they trailed by three in the closing second before Wade recorded a key steal. After being fouled with 1.6 seconds remaining, Wade converted a free throw to ice the game. Chris Bosh finished with 20 points and five rebounds for the HEAT while Wade added 15 points and six rebounds. The Bobcats were competitive despite ailing center Al Jefferson, who was dealing with a sore left foot. Mario chalmers contributed 11 points for Miami.
Game 3-April. 26 (Miami 98, Charlotte 85): The Miami HEAT have won 19 consecutive games against the Charlotte Bobcats and have not lost in the series since March 9, 2010. LeBron James scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Miami HEAT to a 98-85 drubbing and 3-0 lead over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Arena in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs. He had 10 rebounds and six assists. Dwyane Wade scored 17 points, Chris Andersen had 12 on 4-for-7 shooting and seven rebounds.
Game 4-April. 28 (Miami 109, Charlotte 98): LeBron James scored 19 of his game-high 31 points after sustaining a thigh bruise early in the third quarter, helping the Miami HEAT earn a first-round sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats with a 109-98 victory Monday night. He finished Game 4 10 of 19 from the field and had nine assists. Chris Bosh added 17 points and Dwyane Wade battled through foul trouble and finished with 15 as Miami extended its winning streak over Charlotte to 20 games. Mario Chalmers chipped in with 10 points for Miami. The loss kept the Bobcats winless in post season play in team history in their last game with the current moniker (they change to the Hornets next season).
Eastern Conference Semifinals (Miami 4, Brooklyn 1)
Game 1-May. 6 (Brooklyn 86, Miami 107): LeBron James scored 22 points and five rebounds, Ray Allen added 19 and the HEAT stayed perfect in this postseason by beating the Nets 107-86 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Chris Bosh had a double-double scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 14 while Mario Chalmers had 12. Miami outscored the Nets 33-23 in the third quarter. The HEAT shot 70 percent in the decisive quarter, with seven different players scoring. Miami led by many as 23 in the fourth quarter before the Nets' starters were pulled.
Game 2-May. 8 (Brooklyn 82, Miami 94): For a second straight the game, the Miami HEAT proved they were more than just the Big Three. A balanced effort led the HEAT to a 94-82 victory against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami had five players score in double-figures, led by LeBron James' 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. Center Chris Bosh finished with 18 points and six rebounds while guard Dwyane Wade added 14 and Ray Allen 13. Guard Mario Chalmers ended with 11 points and five assists. The HEAT trailed most of the way until Allen hit a 3-pointer to put Miami ahead 61-58 with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter.
Game 3-May. 10 (Miami 90, Brooklyn 104): The Miami HEAT fell to the Brooklyn Nets 104-90 Saturday night at Barclays Center. LeBron James led the way for the HEAT with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade had 20 points, while Chris Bosh added 12 and five rebounds. James Jones and Ray Allen both had nine points each. Miami had trouble hitting from downtown on Saturday night. The HEAT were moving the ball well and getting good looks, but just couldn’t knock them down. In all, the HEAT shot 8-of-24 from three. James Jones came in and hit a few 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Miami get back in the game, but it was too late.
Game 4-May. 12 (Brooklyn 96, Miami 102): LeBron James responded to a quiet final three quarters in Game 3 by tying his playoff career high with 49 points. James shot 16-for-24 from the field and dominated the Nets, whether operating out of the post, driving to the rim, or pulling up from behind the arc. He also grabbed six rebounds and collected three steals. The Nets built a small second quarter lead with James on the bench, only for him to come back and score at will in the paint, giving the HEAT an advantage that wasn't erased until early in the fourth quarter. From then on it was nip and tuck until the final minute. Chris Bosh connected on a corner 3-pointer late in the shot clock to give the HEAT a 97-94 lead with 57.3 seconds remaining. Joe Johnson missed a runner and then Dwyane Wade (15 points) snagged two offensive rebounds on the HEAT's ensuing possession that effectively ended the game.
Eastern Conference Finals (Miami 4, Indiana 2)
Game 1-May. 18 (Miami 96, Indiana 107): The Pacers took a 10-point lead in the opening minutes and never trailed, leading by as many as 19. LeBron James, who had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Dwyane Wade, who had 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting, tried to rally the HEAT but we unable to do so. Chris Andersen had 14 points, Ray Allen finished with 12 points, and Chris Bosh had nine points and two rebounds. Miami is 0-3 on the road in Game 1s during the LeBron James era, also dropping the opener in Chicago in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals and in Oklahoma City in the 2012 NBA Finals. In both those instances, the HEAT bounced back to win the next four games.
Game 2-May. 20 (Miami 87, Indiana 83): A familiar scenario played out in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana put forth a gritty effort and put itself in position to win, but Miami had the two best players on the floor. James and Wade took over down the stretch to carry Miami to a victory Tuesday that squared the series 1-1 and gave the HEAT homecourt advantage heading back to American Airlines Arena for Games 3 and 4. James scored 12 of his 22 in the fourth quarter, while Wade had 10 of his 23, including a reverse dunk on a feed from James that put the HEAT up 86-78 with 21.6 seconds remaining. Miami got late 3s from Chris Bosh (9 points) and Norris Cole (11 points) to stop Indiana's run and help give momentum to the HEAT heading into the fourth. Chris Andersen had a postseason-high 12 rebounds for Miami.
Game 3-May. 24 (Indiana 87, Miami 99): The Miami HEAT improved to 6-0 at home during the 2014 playoffs. Miami needed to rally from a 15-point, first-half deficit to capture the win. They did it behind LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and a strong defensive effort. James finished with a game-high 26 points while Wade added 23 points and four assists. Guard Ray Allen also had 16 points, going 4-for-4 from the 3-point arc. The HEAT fell behind 17-4 early and then trailed 37-22 in the second quarter. Things changed when the HEAT turned up the defensive pressure. Miami got back into the game by forcing turnovers on five straight Pacers possessions. The HEAT finally grabbed the lead, 52-51, on a dunk by James with 7:36 left in the third quarter and never looked back.
Game 4-May. 26 (Indiana 90, Miami 102): James scored a game-high 32 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Miami HEAT to a victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday. The HEAT now lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. James silenced Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who a day earlier made off-the-court headlines. Stephenson said he felt James was weakening after responding to trash talk in Game 3. In the end, it was Stephenson who came up short. The HEAT led by eight after the first quarter behind a fast start from center Chris Bosh, who had a breakout game. Bosh finished with 25 points, going 3-for-5 from the 3-point arc. HEAT guard Dwyane Wade added 15 points while Ray Allen had nine. Norris Cole chipped in with seven points.
Game 5-May. 28 (Miami 90, Indiana 93): The Miami HEAT fell to the Indiana Pacers 93-90 Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Chris Bosh led the way for the HEAT with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Miami now leads the series 3-2. With LeBron James in foul trouble for a majority of the game, Dwyane Wade did his best to make up for it. Wade shot 7-of-14 for 18 points and led the charge on a late run in the fourth quarter. Wade did damage from the post early on before hitting two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when Miami really needed it. Despite the loss, Miami’s role players stepped up in a big way once again. Rashard Lewis shot 6-of-9 from beyond the arc for 18 points and grabbed four rebounds. Ray Allen finished with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from downtown.
Game 6-May. 30 (Indiana 92, Miami 117): The Miami HEAT are the first team to advance to four straight NBA Finals since the 1984-87 Boston Celtics. In the end, homecourt advantage did not matter for the Miami HEAT. The HEAT never let it get to that point, defeating the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat won the best of seven series 4-2 and will play the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. Miami led for the majority of the way behind 25 points, six assists and four rebounds from LeBron James. Chris Bosh finished with 25 points and eight assists while Rashard Lewis and Mario Chalmers each added 13. The HEAT led by many as 37 in a series that was supposed to be competitive after last year's conference finals. This time, the HEAT made quick work of Pacers. It was the third straight year Miami eliminated Indiana.