April 22, 1987: The NBA granted expansion franchises to Charlotte, Miami, Minneapolis and Orlando. The Hornets and Heat joined the league in 1988-89, and the Timberwolves and Magic in 1989-90.
March 2, 1988: The flaming basketball is adopted as Miami's official logo from over 1,000 entries. Mark Henderson submitted the winning entry.
November 5, 1988: The visiting Los Angeles Clippers spoiled the debut of NBA basketball in the state of Florida with a 111-91 win over the Miami Heat at the Miami Arena.
December 12, 1988: With a 110-94 loss to Utah at the Salt Palace, the Miami Heat set an NBA record for the most consecutive games lost at the start of a season with 17.
December 14, 1988: The Miami Heat won their first game in the NBA, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 89-88 at the LA Sports Arena.
October 19, 1992: The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat met in a special preseason game at sold-out Miami Arena to benefit the victims of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. Chicago won the game 111-94 with the teams raising over $500,000 for charity.
February 11, 1995: The Miami Heat became the first NBA team to have two of its players sweep the All-Star Saturday competition, as Harold Miner won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk and Glen Rice captured the AT&T Shootout.
April 15, 1995: Miami's Glen Rice made 20-of-27 field goal attempts, including seven 33-pointers and finished the game with a franchise-record 56 points, leading the Heat to a 123-117 home win over Orlando.
January 2, 2000: 19,600 fans watched the Miami Heat defeat the Orlando Magic, 111-103 in the first game at the Heat's new American Airlines Arena.
November 1, 2000: Pat Riley became only the second coach in NBA history to amass 1,000 regular season victories when the Miami Heat opened the season with a 105-79 victory over the Orlando Magic.
March 27, 2001: Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat returned to action after missing the first 69 games of the season after being diagnosed with the kidney ailment focal glomerulosclerosis. Mourning recorded nine points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes of playing time.
March 15, 2002: Miami Heat broadcaster Eric Reid reaches a career milestone as he broadcasts his 1,000th regular season game as Miami faces the New Jersey Nets in New Jersey.
June 26, 2003: The Miami Heat select Dwyane Wade with the 5th pick in the NBA Draft.
July 14, 2004: Shaquille O'Neal was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook and a future first-round choice.
August 2, 2005: The largest trade in NBA history is completed, as five teams combine to swap 13 players. This deal brings Antoine Walker and Jason Williams to the Miami Heat and leads to Miami's first ever championship that same season.
June 20, 2006: With Dwyane Wade leading the way, the Miami Heat win their first NBA Championship.
February 6, 2008: In a blockbuster deal, the Phoenix Suns acquire Shaquille O'Neal from the Miami Heat in exchange for four-time NBA All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
March 8, 2008: Atlanta defeats the Miami Heat in the first NBA "do-over" game in a quarter-century. On December 19, 2007 Atlanta's scorer mistakenly fouled out Miami's Shaquille O'Neal with 51.9 seconds left in overtime and the Hawks up, 114-111. Miami appealed and the league ordered the end of the game to be replayed. The game ends in anti-climactic fashion, as neither team scores. Despite having only five fouls, Shaq does not play in the redo, having been traded in the interim to the Phoenix Suns.
July 8, 2010: LeBron James shocked the sports world by announcing via a live ESPN special, The Decision, that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and "taking his talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."
July 9, 2010: Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade signed with the Miami Heat, making official the newest "Big Three" in the NBA.
June 12, 2011: The Big Three lose to the Dallas Mavericks in their first NBA Finals appearance
January 17, 2012: In the third quarter of the Miami Heat's 92-75 victory over the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James becomes the youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points. James, at 28 years, 17 days, passed Kobe Bryant, 29 years, 122 days.
June 21, 2012: The Miami Heat win their first NBA Finals with the Big Three.
June 20, 2013: The Miami Heat become the 6th team to win consecutive NBA Championships after defeating the San Antonio Spurs.
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