The Miami Heat has arguably had the greatest amount of seasons this decade. From the time they had “The Big 3”, to the present day with Jimmy Butler and the newly furnished Heat squad. Miami Heat fans saw 4 trips to the NBA Finals, winning two. Heat Fans had a Prime LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all to themselves. This decade has also featured many disappointing seasons, falling short of making the playoffs several times.
When it’s all said and done, The Miami Heat have given us many times to celebrate outside with pans and a spoon, making this decade a great one to be a Heat fan. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Miami Heat moments of this decade.
10) Dwyane Wade leads the way in a 3-2 comeback against the Charlotte Hornets and Purple Shirt Guy
After losing a key Game 5 in the first round to the Charlotte Hornets 90-88 at home, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat were down 3-2 and traveling to Charlotte to face a hot Kemba Walker led squad. Wade had a moment Heat Fans could never forget, hitting a clutch 3 pointer to give Miami a 5 point lead with 46.0 seconds left. Wade went back to work, hitting a contested fadeaway jumper with 19.5 seconds left to ice the game. Dwyane Wade then gave Purple Shirt Guy (a Hornets fan sitting courtside) some trash talk as he had iced the game. The Miami Heat ended up going back home for a Game 7 and blowing the lights out of Charlotte, advancing to the second round. Wade showed the entire NBA he is not someone you want to hectic with.
9) Jimmy Butler signs a four-year $142 million contract with the Miami Heat
Miami Heat fans felt a sign of hope when Jimmy Butler left the Philadelphia 76ers and joined the Miami Heat on a 4 year deal in the 2019 offseason via sign and trade. Since this signing has occurred, Miami is currently 24-9 and 3rd in the Eastern Conference, exceeding expectations that anyone has given Miami. With the rest of the season to play, Heat fans can’t wait and see how far Jimmy Butler can lead this Heat squad in his first year in Miami. We all hope Jimmy Butler can make his career in Miami something remarkable.
8) Dwyane Wade Returns to Miami
When Dwyane Wade left Miami to join the Chicago Bulls in the 2016 free agency period, Heat fans felt heartbroken. Pat Riley and the Heat let Dwyane Wade walk instead of giving him the money he asked for and deserved. After taking several pay cuts for Miami throughout his entire career for the better of the organization. When Miami traded for Dwayne Wade in February of 2018, the city of Miami felt joy as if they had won a championship. Wade-County was back. The greatest Miami Heat player of all time was back wearing #3 for the team he should have never left. Dwayne Wade gave Miami everything he had those 2 finals seasons with an outstanding performance against the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs, a buzzer-beater win against the Golden State Warriors, and a memorable final home game. We will never forget the greatness of Dwayne Wade and what he did for the city of Miami.
7) The Miami Heat Win 27 Straight Games
The Miami Heat had undoubtedly its best Regular Season run-in the 2012-2013 season, finishing 66-16 and having a remarkable 27 game win streak, the second-longest win streak in NBA history. LeBron James and the Heat seemed unstoppable during the entire win streak, coming down from deficits big as 27 points and coming back to win. The Heat ultimately won the Championship that year against the San Antonio Spurs and LeBron James won MVP.
6) The Miami Heat sign Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh to form “The Big 3”
When Miami Heat fans found out they won the sweepstakes of LeBron James and Chris Bosh who were both entering their prime, the excitement in the city was remarkable. Everyone was excited about Heat basketball, the championship runs that we’re likely and parades in the summer were all Heat fans could think about. Along with Dwayne Wade, the Heat formed the Big 3. Together they went to 4 championships, winning 2 straight against the Thunder and the Spurs. ”The Decision” in which LeBron James went on ESPN to announce he was signing with the Miami Heat forever changed the brand of Miami Heat basketball for the good.
5) LeBron James and Dwayne Wade Step up Big to take ECF Game 7 vs Pacers
Before Miami faced the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals, they had a series opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Indiana Pacers lead by Paul George were hungry for success after falling to Miami in the semifinals in 2012. Miami and Indiana was a very tight series, going to a Game 7. Ultimately a big from LeBron James who finished with 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists and Dwyane Wade with 21 Points and 9 Rebounds while limiting Paul George to only 7 points, blowing out the Pacers as they advanced to the NBA Finals.
4) Shane Battier 6 three-pointers in Game 7 vs Spurs
After Miami stole Game 6 in overtime in the 2013 NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Heat knew they would need someone outside the Big 3 needed to get hot. Shane Battier provided that, going 6-8 from three and finishing with 18 points as the Miami Heat took Game 7 at home and won the NBA Championship. Battier was a big-time help for Miami to get comfortable from deep and take that series from Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs. To Miami Heat fans Shane Battier will always be remembered as a key part of the 2013 NBA Finals series.
3) Mike Miller Finishes with 7 threes to Clinch 2012 NBA Finals
Similar to Shane Battier, Mike Miller made a big-time impact to a series-clinching victory. Mike Miller was the X factor in Game 5 in the 2012 NBA Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the Miami Heat up 3-1 and looking to win the series at home, the Heat knew they needed to bring their A-game. Mike Miller did so, hitting seven threes and finishing with 23 points as the Heat took a 4-1 series victory, winning the NBA Championship. Prior to that game, Miller was 0-3 from beyond the arc and pretty much invisible the whole series. Heat fans will always remember Miller for his big-time performance as the Miami Heat won their first NBA Championship since 2006.
2) LeBron James Silences Doubters with Insane 45 Point Game 6 Performance vs Celtics
LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat Big 3 were looking like the biggest failed experiment in NBA History. Just a year after falling to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, the Heat were down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics. Many said that LeBron James wasn’t good enough to lead a team to a Championship run, he proved those doubters wrong in Game 6. LeBron James had arguably the greatest performance of his NBA career with a 45 Point, 15 Rebound, and 5 Assist outing to force a Game 7 in which Miami ultimately won and moved onto the NBA Finals, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder. James did something historical that night, nobody could do anything to stop him from scoring or facilitating. James showed the world that night that he is the greatest player on the planet.
1) The Greatest Shot In Miami Heat History
Down 94-89 with 28.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Miami Heat fans lost all hope at forcing a Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Heat fans began to walk out of the arena in frustration as they believed the Back-To-Back Championship effort fell short. However, the game escalated quickly with under 30 seconds to play. LeBron James hit a big-time three-pointer with 20.1 seconds to play to cut the lead to 2 points. With 19.4 seconds left, Kawhi Leonard was fouled and sent to the line. Leonard missed the first but hit the second, making it a three-point lead for the Spurs. With everyone’s heart pumping rapidly, the arena standing in hope that they even the score, LeBron James took a three-pointer but missed as Chris Bosh got the greatest rebound in Heat history, kicking it out to Ray Allen for a corner three. “BANG”. The Miami Heat ended up forcing and overtime and winning Game 6 and sending the series to a Game 7. Miami ultimately won Game 7 and got the Back-To-Back Championship. All Heat fans can agree that was the scariest and greatest moment in Miami Heat franchise history. I could personally remember beginning to cry seeing Miami down 5 with barely any time left. When Ray Allen took that shot, the city of Miami all froze together in nerves. When Allen made it, the emotion was out of this world inside and outside the arena. Ray Allen will forever be remembered as the hero in the 2013 NBA Finals Series.
Thank you for reading my Top 10 Heat Moments of the Decade. Happy New Year to everybody reading this, may your 2020 be full of happiness and health.