League: Eastern Conference Southeast Division
Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra
Team Mascot: Burnie
Year Opened: 1999
City / State: Miami / Florida
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
Heat vs Knicks
Rival Team: New York Knicks
The Heat and Knicks developed an intense rivalry in the late 1990s when they met in the playoffs for four consecutive years from 1997 to 2000. The Knicks got the better of the Heat during that period winning three of the four series, however, since then the Heat have had the last laugh winning three NBA titles to New York's zero. You’ll still find plenty of hate between these two franchises all these years later, so don’t miss your chance to see the Heat take on the Knicks.
Heat vs Bulls
Rival Team: Chicago Bulls
The Heat-Bulls rivalry stems from the abundance of playoff matches between these two teams. During the Jordan era the Bulls got the best of the Heat winning all three playoff matchups in the 1990s, however, since then the Heat have gotten their revenge taking three of the last four playoff meetings. Most recently, new embers have been added to the rivalry thanks to Dwayne Wade’s move from Miami to his hometown Bulls. You won’t want to miss Wade square off against his old team, so make sure to be in attendance for the Bulls-Heat games.
Heat vs Magic
Rival Team: Orlando Magic
No matter how good or bad either of these teams are, there is always lots of pride on the line when these two Sunshine State-based teams get together. You’ll always find plenty of both teams fans at these game, which creates an intense atmosphere that is among the best you’ll find in the NBA.