In households, sidewalks and street corners from coast to swamp, fans celebrated the second title in franchise history with pots, pans, baking sheets, ladles, spoons and any kind of kitchen utensil that made noise. Lots and lots of noise.
As a Heat win became inevitable, the sidewalks of West 49th Street in Hialeah swelled with chanting fans in Heat jerseys.
Cars added to the calamity, laying on their horns as they crept by. A man on a motorcycle revved his engine.
Once the win was official, fireworks went off. Clouds of baby powder were thrown into the air. And the noise? Well, it seemed like few folks in Hialeah would sleep Thursday night. People stood on the roofs of their cars. Entire bands played music from truck flatbeds. And the blaring sounds of car horns and pot-banging didnt let up for a second.
In Westchester, fans started celebrating with kitchenware long before the final buzzer. People in Heat jerseys poured into the street as police tried to keep the rambunctious crowd contained on the sidewalk.
Mothers smothered babies with kisses. Teenagers jumped up and down. Cuban abuelos drinking coladas by the window of La Carreta smiled wide and opportunistic salesmen sold the first Miami Heat champions T-shirts for diez pesos ($10).
At Midtown Sports Bar, fans immediately rushed out onto the street. As fireworks went off over Midtown, those without noisemakers honked their car horns.
As fans streamed out of the AmericanAirlines Arena, access roads turned to tailgate parties. One reveler stopped outside the Arsht Center, and fired off bottle rockets over the theater.
The mayors of Miami-Dade and Oklahoma City, who had bet on the NBA championship with the most famous cuisine from their respective cities stone crabs from Miami and steak from Oklahoma congratulated the efforts of both teams.
The Heat sizzled on the court and those Oklahoma steaks are going to sizzle on my grill, Gimenez said of his prize from OKCs Mayor Mick Cornett. This was an amazing series and I tip my hat to the Thunder and their fantastic fans for putting up a valiant effort.
Miami Herald writers Adam Beasley, Alejandro Bolivar, Anthony Cave, Anna Edgerton, Kathleen McGrory, Kristofer Rios and Christina Veiga contributed to this report.