Miami Heat's Ten Most Dramatic Playoff Moments

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The NBA Playoffs begin Sunday for the Miami Heat against the Charlotte Bobcats, and lord knows it's not their first time at the dance. It will be the team's 18th appearance in their relatively young 26-year history. That of course has led to a lot of dramatic playoff moments. Here are our picks for the most dramatic.

See also: Heat Playoff Schedule Is Set: Here's What's Standing Between Miami and a Three-Peat

Tim Hardaway's Late Three Seals the Heat's First Playoff Series Victory (First Round 1997)
The Heat has previously been to the playoffs three times before this series (pretty healthy for a still young expansions team), but had been eliminated in the first round each time. This series against instate rivals the Orlando Magic went to a decisive game five but was sealed by a dramatic game winning three-pointer by Tim Hardaway, thus ensuring the Heats' first playoff series victory.

P.J. Brown Goes all "Wrestlemania" on the Knicks' Charlie Ward (Semifinals 1997)
After beating the Magic, the Heat would then advance to face the Knicks in an even more heated series in the Semis. Late in Game 5 P.J. Brown got in an altercation with the Knicks' Charlie Ward in which he literally body slammed him into the front row. The fight resulted in multiple suspensions on both sides, but the Heat prevailed and went on to their first conference championships only to loose to the Chicago Bulls (a familiar ending to the Heat's playoff hopes during the Jordan era).


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Gonzalo del Barrio
Gonzalo del Barrio

Wade leading the comeback charge in the 4th quarter of game 3 vs Dallas in the 06 finals on our floor where we were losing by 13 n woulda gone down 0-3. Gary Payton capped it off with a huge shot. That year was phenomenal!!

Rich Jackson
Rich Jackson

Actually the most pivotal play was a conversation after the Heat lost to the Knicks at the Garden (Alonzo was ejected after a fight). Coach Riley sat with Alonzo and explained how his actions didn't just affect him...but rather a whole organization. Not just the team, but the vendors, the maintenance workers, greeters, etc. Because of lost hrs of work (due to the teams inactivity in the playoffs), that was the defining moment in Heat playoff history. Like Jack Lambert stated "we're the Pittsburgh Steelers, we don't get intimidated...we ARE the intimidators" in game 6, alonzo WAS the intimidator.Bar none!

Zorylee Galarza
Zorylee Galarza

That comeback in game 6 of 2013 Finals. Mike Miller's shoeless 3, LeBron losing his headband, Ray Allen's game tying 3, & the teamwork to get those rebounds and blocks.

Rich Jackson
Rich Jackson

Game #6 in Dallas. Heat are tentative in second qtr. Alonzo's number is called, he gets in "HAS 3 STRAIGHT DEFENSIVE BLOCKS!" & ignites the onto their first World Championship win. Yeah...Shaq was there but Alonzo got them to the finish line. Ill never forget it. ZO shut a lot of people up that day especially Charles Barkley. To me, Alonzo will always be responsible for that first championship. When they win their third ZO should hold it first. He was more than "just an ok player on an "ok" team."

Jeannie Necessary
Jeannie Necessary

Always will be Ray Allen's 3-pointer. I barely remember the moment because it was so emotional and happened so fast. #THREEPEAT #LETSGOHEAT

Jose Ramos
Jose Ramos

Ray Allen's 3-pointer in game 5 of the 2013 finals

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