2016 NBA playoffs: The Miami Heat’s Game 7 history

"Thunder Dan" Majerle and the 1999-00 team won the first Game 7 in Heat history. (Getty Images)
“Thunder Dan” Majerle and the 1999-00 team won the first Game 7 in Heat history. (Getty Images)

After a gutsy Game 6 win in Charlotte, the Heat host the Hornets this afternoon for the ninth Game 7 in franchise history.

Miami is 5-3 all-time in these situations and hasn’t lost one at home since 2005. Here’s a look at every Game 7 the Heat have ever played:

1997, 2nd Round: Heat beat Knicks 101-90 in Miami
After crushing the Magic in the first round, the Heat dropped their series opener against the Knicks and fell behind 3-1. They rallied with a blowout win in Game 5 and a tight one in Game 6 to tie it, then got a sturdy stand from Tim Hardaway (30 points) and Alonzo Mourning (22 points, 12 rebounds) to win Game 7 at Miami Arena.

2000, 2nd Round: Heat lose to Knicks 83-82 in Miami
Another bruising Pat Riley team, this one led by Jamal Mashburn and Mourning, swept the Pistons in Round 1 and had a 3-2 lead over the Knicks before two narrow defeats to end the season. The Heat lost 72-70 at Madison Square Garden, then fell 83-82 in Game 7.

2004, 1st Round: Heat beat N.O. Hornets 85-77 in Miami
This was rookie Dwyane Wade’s declaration of intent to the rest of the league. He opened the series with a game-winning jumper and averaged 18 points, 5.6 assists and four rebounds to lead the Heat to the second round.

2005, Conference Finals: Heat lose to Pistons 88-82 in Miami
The first collaboration between Wade and Shaquille O’Neal came within a game of going to The Finals, but lost a 3-2 lead in a 25-point blowout loss at Detroit. The Pistons came down to Miami and finished the job with an 88-82 win. Wade and O’Neal combined for 47 points, and the Heat were up 78-76 with 1:58 left before multiple defensive shortfalls down the stretch.

2009, 1st Round: Heat lose to Hawks 91-78 in Atlanta
This Heat team was barely over .500 at 43-39, but landed the No. 5 seed and drew Atlanta. Miami led 2-1, then fell behind 3-2 before forcing a Game 7 by stomping the Hawks by 26 points at AmericanAirlines Arena. The offense went cold in the deciding game as Atlanta won 91-78. Wade put up 72 points over the final two games.

2012, Conference Finals: Heat beat Celtics 101-88 in Miami
The Heat followed LeBron James’ epic 45-point performance in Game 6 by blasting the Celtics 101-88 in Game 7 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Big Three lit it up for a combined 73 points, then led Miami to the championship over Oklahoma City in The Finals.

2013, Conference Finals: Heat beat Pacers 99-76 in Miami
Indiana was a big-time challenge after the Heat breezed past Milwaukee and Chicago in nine games the first two rounds. This series went back and forth to the end. The Pacers smoked Miami in Game 6, then the Heat returned the favor with a 99-76 beating to win it.

2013, NBA Finals: Heat beat Spurs 95-88 in Miami
Ray Allen’s 3-pointer in Game 6 remains the most memorable shot in this series, but most people forget there was an epic Game 7 to follow. Shane Battier had the crowning moment of his career with six 3-pointers that night, and the Heat needed all of them. Tim Duncan had a chance to tie the game at the rim with 47 seconds left, but missed. LeBron James played 45 minutes and delivered 37 points and 12 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade went for 23 and 10.

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