1997-98: HEAT Turns 10; Continues to Win

As the Miami HEAT franchise celebrated its 10-year anniversary, Pat Riley's troops also faced the weight of high expectations. With an established core of NBA veterans, a legendary coach and a never-say-die philosophy, Miami posted 55 wins and win its second straight Atlantic Division title.

The season began with center Alonzo Mourning on the injured list following offseason knee surgery. Mourning missed the first 22 games of the season, but the Heat got off to a 15-7 start in his absence. Once healthy, Mourning had another fine season for the HEAT, averaging 19.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 2.24 bpg, ninth in the NBA, and also ranking third in the league in field goal percentage at .551.

Once again, Isaac Austin shined in Mourning absence. The 6-11 Austin, whose dogged effort transformed him from an overweight project to a key NBA reserve, was traded in midseason. Faced with losing Austin to free agency, the HEAT sent Austin, rookie Charles Smith and the HEAT's 1998 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for swingman Brent Barry.

Despite dealing Austin and losing small forward Jamal Mashburn for two months with a broken thumb, the Heat responded with its best basketball, going 20-4 after the trade and getting improved production from Mourning, forward P.J. Brown (9.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg for the season) and guard Voshon Lenard, who averaged 12.6 ppg, and ranked sixth in the NBA in three-point field goals made with 153.

Miami's emotional leader was once again guard Tim Hardaway, who led the Heat in assists at 8.3 apg (6th in the NBA) and averaged 18.9 ppg, earning his fifth All-Star selection. He hit a buzzer-beater to spoil Washington's home opener on November 1, nailed a game-ending three-pointer on November 15 and hit what proved to be the game-winner in an 82-81 over New York on April 12.

While Miami won that battle with New York, the Knicks would win the war. The two Atlantic Division foes renewed their fierce postseason rivalry in the first round of the 1998 NBA Playoffs. Only one year after their controversial seven-game series, the Knicks and HEAT battled once again. Lenard was particularly effective in the HEAT's first two playoff games, scoring 25 and 28 points -- but the HEAT managed only a split at home. The teams also split a pair of games at Madison Square Garden, but an altercation late in Game 4 proved lethal for the HEAT. Mourning was suspended for the deciding game after a fight with New York's Larry Johnson. Miami lost the deciding game by a score of 98-81.

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Thank You, HEAT Nation

Take a look back at some of the best moments from the 2017-18 season
Apr 26, 2018  |  02:32

HEAT Honor Victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Tragedy

Before their game against the Grizzlies, the HEAT honor the victims of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Feb 24, 2018  |  05:53

BHM: Pat Riley on Lionel Richie

Pat Riley discusses the contributions of Lionel Richie
Feb 24, 2018  |  04:23

BHM: Alonzo Mourning on Prince

Alonzo Mourning discusses the contributions of Prince
Feb 14, 2018  |  02:05

BHM: Keith Askins on The Freedom Riders

Keith Askins discusses the contributions of The Freedom Riders
Feb 13, 2018  |  02:33

BHM: James Johnson on Art Rust, Jr.

James Johnson discusses the contributions of Art Rust, Jr.
Feb 8, 2018  |  01:23

Pat Riley End of Season Presser Part 1

Part 1 of Pat Riley addressing the media at the end of the 2016-17 season
Apr 19, 2017  |  10:15

Pat Riley End of Season Presser Part 2

Part 2 of Pat Riley addressing the media at the end of the 2016-17 season
Apr 19, 2017  |  09:43

Pat Riley End of Season Presser Part 3

Part 3 of Pat Riley addressing the media at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Apr 19, 2017  |  11:42

Pat Riley End of Season Presser Part 4

Part 4 of Pat Riley addressing the media following the end of the 2016-17 season
Apr 19, 2017  |  10:03

HEAT's Oldest Fan Jane Adler turns 100

The HEAT and Burnie surprise Jane Adler with a present
Feb 13, 2017  |  01:33

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

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

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