The Miami Heat has won 3 NBA Championship ring. 3 NBA Championship Rings were won in year 2006, 2012 and 2013.
The Miami Heat franchise began play in the 1988–89 season as an expansion team.
After a period of mediocrity, the Heat gained relevance in the mid-1990s when Pat Riley became team president and head coach.
Riley constructed the trades of Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, which propelled the team into playoff contention.
Mourning and Hardaway led the Heat to four consecutive division titles prior to their departures in 2001 and 2002, respectively.
The team also experienced success after drafting Dwyane Wade in 2003.
The Dwyane Wade Era
In the 2003 NBA draft, with the fifth overall pick, Miami selected shooting guard Dwyane Wade out of Marquette.
Free-agent swing-man Lamar Odom was signed from the Los Angeles Clippers. Just prior to the start of the 2003–04 season.
Pat Riley stepped down as head coach to focus on rebuilding the Heat, promoting Stan Van Gundy to the position of head coach.
Behind Van Gundy’s leadership, Dwyane Wade’s stellar rookie year and Odom’s break out season, the Heat made the 2004 NBA playoffs.
Furthermore, beating the New Orleans Hornets 4–3 in the 1st round and losing to the Indiana Pacers 4–2 in the 2nd round. In the off-season.
Following, Riley engineered a summer blockbuster trade for Shaquille O’Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Alonzo Mourning returned to the Heat in the same season, serving as a backup to O’Neal. Returning as championship contenders.
Miami Heat finished with a 59–23 record, consequently garnering the first overall seed in the Eastern Conference. Sweeping through the first round and the semifinals.
Above all Miami Heat went back to the Conference Finals for the first time in eight years, where it met the defending champion Detroit Pistons.
Despite taking a 3–2 lead, Miami Heat lost Wade to injury for Game 6. The Miami Heat would go on to lose Game 7 at home despite Wade’s return.
Miami Heat winning their first NBA Championship Ring
In the summer of 2005, Pat Riley brought in veteran free agent Gary Payton from the Boston Celtics, and also brought in James Posey, Jason Williams and Antoine Walker via trades.
After a disappointing 11–10 start to the 2005–06 season, Riley relieved Van Gundy of his duties and took back the head coaching job.
The Heat made it to the Conference Finals in 2006 and in a re-match, defeated the Detroit Pistons, winning the series 4–2.
Making its first NBA Finals appearance, they played the Dallas Mavericks, who won the first two games in Dallas in routs.
The Heat then won the next four games, capturing its first-ever NBA Championship Ring. Also, Dwyane Wade won the Finals MVP award.
This was the first NBA Championship ring won by the Franchise. Also the first NBA Championship ring won by Dwyane Wade. Fourth NBA Championship ring won by Shaquille O’Neal.
2006–2010: post-championship struggles
The Miami Heat experienced four years of post-title struggles from 2007 through 2010, including a 4–0 sweep by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round of the 2007 NBA playoffs.
In the 2007–08 season, Wade was plagued by injuries and the Miami Heat had a league-worst 15–67 record.
O’Neal was traded to Phoenix midway through the season. Riley resigned as head coach following the season but retained his position as team president.
Long-time assistant Erik Spoelstra was promoted to head coach. A healthy Wade led the Miami Heat to 43 wins in 2009 and 47 wins in 2010.
Furthermore, making the playoffs both seasons, though they lost in the first round, 4–3 in 2009 and 4–1 in 2010. Wade was the scoring champion in 2009 and the NBA All-Star MVP in 2010.
Miami Heat the ‘Big Three’ Era
Entering the 2010–11 season with nearly $48 million in salary cap space, the Miami Heat caused a major power shift during the blockbuster 2010 free agency.
Adding Chris Bosh and LeBron James, starting the “Big 3” era.
However, the Heat got off to a 9–8 start. After a “players only” meeting, the team improved.
The Heat finished with a 58–24 record and the 2nd seed. In the much-anticipated 2011 NBA playoffs,
Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, Boston Celtics in the Conference Semifinals, and Bulls in the Conference Finals, all in 5 games.
After taking a 2–1 series lead, the Heat lost the final three games to the Dallas Mavericks. Mavericks brought home their first ever NBA Championship Ring.
Miami Heat winning the 2012 NBA Championship Ring
After the second NBA Lockout ended, the Heat signed veteran Shane Battier. In the shortened 2011–12 season, the Miami Heat started 27–7.
However they would struggle for the second half of the season, going 19–13. The Heat finished 46–20, earning the second seed in the East for the NBA playoffs.
Entering the first round, they took a 3–0 lead against the New York Knicks but like their previous series with the Sixers, were not able to close them out in Game 4.
A victory in Game 5 ultimately defeated New York and the Heat advanced to the second round versus the Indiana Pacers.
After losing Game 2 at home and Game 3 at Indiana, many criticized Dwyane Wade’s lackluster performance in Game 3.
Thus, bringing attention to the fact that he got into a verbal argument with Spoelstra.
However, with Wade visiting his former college coach, the team defeated the Pacers in the next three games, to close out the Pacers.
They met the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, taking the first two games before losing the next three, including one home loss where Bosh returned from injury.
On June 7 they won on the road at Boston beating the Celtics 98–79 to tie the series 3–3; James had 45 points and 15 rebounds.
The deciding Game 7 was at Miami. The Celtics largely dominated during the first half. The second half saw several lead changes.
Furthermore, the Heat eventually won 101–88, reaching the NBA Finals for the second straight year. In the much-anticipated match-up with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Above all, the Miami Heat split the first two games, winning Game 2 on the road.
Before sweeping the next three at home. LeBron James was named the Finals MVP as he won his first NBA Championship Ring. The second NBA Championship Ring won by the Miami Heat and Wade.
Miami Heat 2013 back-to-back NBA Championship Ring
On July 11, 2012, the Miami Heat officially signed veterans Ray Allen to a three-year contract and Rashard Lewis to a two-year contract.
The Heat would go on a 27-game winning streak between February 3, 2013, and March 27, 2013.
Defeating Orlando in the season finale set the franchise record for 66 wins in a season.
By the end of the season, the Heat won 18 of its 19 road games, the best streak on the road to end a season in NBA history.
The Miami Heat went 17–1 in March, becoming the first team to win 17 games in a single calendar month. The Heat ended with a franchise-best and league-best 66–16 record to take the 1st seed in the 2013 NBA playoffs.
They swept the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and defeated Chicago in five games before winning against the Indiana Pacers in Game 7.
Miami became the first Eastern Conference team to reach the NBA Finals in three straight years since the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s.
However, the Miami Heat lost Game 1 of the Finals on their home floor in a close game that was decided by a last-minute buzzer beater by Tony Parker.
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The Heat went on to win Game 2 with a 33–5 run in the second half.
Nonetheless, the two teams continued to trade wins leading up to Game 6 where the Spurs, up 10 heading in the 4th quarter, were in position to close out the series and win the championship.
LeBron James went on to score 16 points in the period, outscoring the entire Spurs team by himself at one point.
The Heat went on to defeat the Spurs 95–88 in Game 7 behind a 37-point and 12 rebounds performance from James and a 23-point and 10 rebound effort from Wade.
Shane Battier also scored 18 points behind 6–8 shooting from 3, after having a shooting slump during the postseason up to that point.
Above all, the Miami Heat captured the NBA title for a second year in a row, becoming the first team in the Eastern Conference to repeat as league champions since the late 1990s Chicago Bulls.
LeBron James was named the NBA Finals MVP, becoming the fifth player to win the award back-to-back along with Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Furthermore, the second player in NBA history to win the Finals MVP and league MVP back-to-back along with Jordan.
This was the second NBA Championship ring won by LeBron James and the third NBA Championship ring won by the Miami Heat.