The 2012 – 2013 Miami Heat season was one for the history books. They dominated their way through the regular season going 66-16 and LeBron James captured his 4th MVP trophy. From the 27 game win streak to Ray Allen’s clutch three in Game 6, this season was a memorable one for the ages. And whereas this team isn’t recognized as one of the best ever; Miami fans know this team was special as they looked to repeat and show the league their dominance.
Coming off LeBron’s First Ring
After a letdown in the 2010 – 2011 NBA in a 4-2 series loss, Miami stormed back defeating OKC’s potential Big Three 4-1 in the Finals. An offseason that didn’t see any major splashes besides two gigantic role players in Ray Allen and Rashad Lewis. We all know what Ray Allen’s worth would go on to become. The beginning of the season was a good start for the Big Three. Now in their third year together, and all the chemistry they had built, they were doing just fine as they were 21-8 when the New Year hit.
Hype Man Andersen and the Harlem Shake?
After being 21-8 in their first 29 games, Miami would lose the same amount of games in the next 4 months but win a heck of a lot more, finishing the season 66-16. That is not where we are going to start though. Let’s start with the memorable February that saw a 10-day contract signing unlike no other as well as a Harlem shake unlike no other. While rostered with the Miami Heat, Chris Andersen was 37-3 and a huge spark plug. As well as he was the main character in the Heat’s famous Harlem Shake.
The 27 Game Win Streak
Before the Heat would go on to raise their third banner, there of course is the famous 27-game win streak. This streak started on February 3rd and stretched all the way until March 27th. The loss against the Bulls ended the 2nd longest in-season winning streak in basketball history. This was one for the ages. It brought along the great Chris Bosh meme, and all the postgame smiles and video-bombs. It was a wonderful month plus of the best Miami Heat basketball you may have ever seen. Chicago ended all this on March 27th. While it sucked to see it end it was so much fun while it lasted. Watching your team win AND win AND win for 50+ days straight will do that.
Yes, Brandon Jennings really said this. Milwaukee beat Miami once in the regular season. So ultimately, Brandon Jennings thought his Bucks could take on the Heat and beat them in 6. Miami then proceeded to lay the smack down on the Bucks sweeping them and not allowing one game to be within single-digits all series long. Miami eased through Chicago in the 2nd round after dropping Game 1, winning the next four to set up a matchup for the ages between rising star Paul George and Indiana going up against the Big Three in Miami.
7 Games with Indiana
This was a great series to watch as a basketball fan but a stressful one to watch from the likes of Heat and Pacers fans. We saw LeBron’s game winning layup in Game 1 to Paul George’s ferocious slam over Andersen in Game 2. Games 3-7 weren’t as back and forth as the first 2 or as close as the first 2, yet it was still an entertaining series. All in all, LeBron, Wade and others led Miami to the finals for the third straight year for a date with the Spurs.
A Finals for the Ages
Everyone knows Miami wins in 7, but what a journey it was to get there. After dropping game 1 and being down 3-2 heading back to Miami, things were an uphill battle. Nowadays, Miami would not get games 6 and 7 at home, so could it have been a different story? Sure, but anyways, lets fast forward to games 6 and 7, when Miami had it’s backs against the walls down 3-2. LeBron James dropped his 2nd triple-double of the series and sparked a 20-7 Miami 4th quarter run. LeBron lost his headband, went super-sayian mode and that was the end of San Antonio. This all led to the famous Ray Allen game-tying shot and Chris Bosh game-saving block in OT. Game 7 was all LeBron as he dropped 37 points and 12 rebounds clinching a back to back title for the city of Miami.
What a 2012 – 2013 season
To end it all, Miami’s 2013 season was special. They had the ring ceremony, the win streak, the shot, the block and so much more. This was the peak of Miami Heat basketball. 2006 was a nice first championship and 2020 was a good year before the shutdown. But, 2013 was just different. From the minute the year started you knew not much was gonna stand in their way. And while it took 7 games with Indiana and San Antonio, it was all worthwhile as they celebrated with their home fans raising their 3rd and latest Larry O’Brein trophy.
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