Notable Game Sevens in Miami Heat’s 34-year history | Miami

game seven. Arguably the two best words in professional sports. Certainly the two words that are on the minds of many South Floridians this morning as the Heat aim to upset the Boston Celtics and advance to the NBA Finals.

So, in the spirit of what should be a classic Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at FTX Arena, let’s take a look back at Game 7 of the team’s 34-year history. .

1997 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7

With their first berth in the Eastern Conference Finals on the line, the Heat didn’t waste a game-changing opportunity for the franchise, beating the New York Knicks, 101-90, behind a monster game from All-Star guard Tim Hardaway (38 points, 7 assists, 5 steals).

A streak of blood and thunder was escalated by first-year Miami head coach Pat Riley plotting against a Knicks team he had unceremoniously left the previous season.

2000 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7

Three years later, the Knicks got their revenge. In this win-win contest, New York escaped Miami with an 83-82 win. In that defensive battle (it was a common reference to NBA games at the dawn of the 21st century), New Yorkers held Miami to 41 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent from three-point field.

Aside from franchise cornerstones Alonzo Mourning and Hardaway, who combined for 44 points, the rest of Riley’s guys were largely silenced.

2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 7

Looking to win their second straight World Championship, The Big Three-led Heat took care of business against the Indiana Pacers, earning a 99-76 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Predictably, LeBron James had a whirlwind game, scoring 32 points while collecting 8 boards. Newcomer Ray Allen, in the final days of his Hall of Fame career, led all bench players with 10 points while going 3 for 5 from international waters.

2013 NBA Finals Game 7

A few weeks later, the Heat rose to the occasion again in a win-win game, this time defeating the dynastic San Antonio Spurs, 95-88, to claim that elusive second consecutive title.

Speaking of a budding dynasty swirling around a Heat team anchored by James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami has held the Spurs to 38% shooting from the field. James paced the starting five with 37 points on 12-for-23 shooting while grizzled veteran Shane Battier came out of the pine to score 18.

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A former sports correspondent for the Metrowest Daily News, David Ostrowsky is currently a sports writer for the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is also the author of Pro Sports in 1993 (McFarland). His next book, Roberto Alomar: The Complicated Life and Legacy of a Baseball Hall of Famer, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2024.