Basketball - Factbox: Miami Heat

A factbox on the Miami Heat, who won the NBA championship by beating the San Antonio Spurs 4-3 in the best-of seven Finals.

Reuters
Basketball - Factbox: Miami Heat
.

View photo

Miami Heat's LeBron James (C) holds the Bill Russell MVP Trophy as Dwyane Wade (L) holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy while Chris Bosh celebrates (Reuters)

NBA titles: Three (2006, 2012, 2013)

Miami were admitted to the NBA in 1988 as an expansion franchise. They play in the southeast division of the Eastern Conference.

Nicknamed the Heat, they have made the playoffs in 17 of their 25 seasons.

After a slow start, they began to emerge as a leading team in the mid 1990s after hiring Pat Riley as head coach, winning divisional titles in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Miami won their first championship in 2006, shortly after they had drafted Dwyane Wade and acquired Shaquille O'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2010-11 LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Wade in Miami to establish the Big Three. In their first season together they won the Eastern Conference but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the championship.

They won the championship last season, beating Oklahoma in the finals.

Riley now serves as the franchise president. The head coach is Erik Spoelstra, who spent seven years as an assistant coach and scouting director before getting promoted.

James was named as the NBA's most valuable player during the regular season. It was the fourth time in five years he had won the award.

During the regular season, they went on a 27-game winning streak, the second-longest run in American professional sports.

Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 on the trot, have had a longer winning streak.

2012-13

Regular season record: 66-16

How they qualified for the Finals: Won Southeast Division in the regular season. Beat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs, beat the Chicago Bulls 4-1 in the second round and edged the Indiana Pacers 4-3 in the Eastern Conference final.

Head coach: Erik Spoelstra

Top play-off scorer: LeBron James

Top play-off rebounder: LeBron James

How they won the Finals:

Game 1: Lost 92-88 in Miami

Game 2: Won 103-84 in Miami

Game 3: Lost 113-77 in San Antonio

Game 4: Won 109-93 in San Antonio

Game 5: Lost 114-104 in San Antonio

Game 6: Won 103-100 in Miami

Game 7: Won 95-88 in Miami

View comments (1)