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A season of firsts for the Miami Heat

WEB VOTE How many times will the Heat be pushed past four game this postseason in the best-of-7 playoffs format?

•  First time the Heat has finished with the best record in the NBA.

The Heat’s 66 victories in the regular season are the most in the 25-year history of the franchise. After beginning the season 11-11 in road games, the Heat went 18-1 away from AmericanAirlines Arena. At home, the Heat was 37-4.

•  First time the Heat began a season 8-0 at home.

The perfect start to the season set the tone for home-court domination throughout the season. The 8-0 mark was highlighted by game-winning shots by Ray Allen against the Nuggets, Cavaliers and Spurs.

•  Twenty-seven game winning streak was the longest in team history and the longest by a defending champion in NBA history.

The Heat trailed in the second halves of 15 of the 27 games during the winning streak. The streak included four second-half deficits of double digits. In back-to-back games, the Heat rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit against the Celtics and a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit against the Cavaliers. The Heat trailed Cleveland by 27 points in the second half. LeBron James averaged 27.0 points (728 total), 8.1 rebounds (219 total) and 8.0 assists (215 total) during the winning streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, James is the first and only player in NBA history with averages of at least 25.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists during a team-winning streak of at least 15 games.

•  The 17 wins during March were the most for a single month in franchise history as well as NBA history. The Heat’s only loss during March was the third-to-last game of the month. A 101-97 loss to the Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak.

•  Most double-figure wins in team history.

The Heat recorded 40 double-figure wins this season, the most for a single-season in franchise history. Of those 40 double-digit wins, 24 of those were at home and 16 were on the road.

•  First time the Heat has defeated every team at least once in an NBA season.

The Heat defeated every single team in the NBA this season, the first time it achieved the feat in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Miami is the 12th team to do so since the NBA expanded to 30 teams in 2004-05. Additionally, Miami was able to defeat all 29 opponents in the first 61 games of the season, the fastest since the Phoenix Suns accomplished the feat in 61 games during the 2004-05 season.

•  On Dec. 15, all 13 active players for the Heat scored at least three points and converted one made field goal in a 102-72 victory against the Wizards. It was the first and only time the Heat has accomplished this feat in franchise history.

•  Dwyane Wade became the first guard in the NBA to shoot at least 50 percent from the field while also scoring at least 20 points in 11 consecutive games since Michael Jordan accomplished the feat from Dec. 30, 1995 to Jan.23, 1996. Wade’s torrid streak began on Feb.23 and continued through March 13.

•  Mario Chalmers connected on a career-high 10 three-point field goals on Jan. 12 at Sacramento, tying the Heat franchise single-game mark set by Brian Shaw on March 8, 1993, against Milwaukee. Chalmers’ 10 made three-point field goals set a new Sleep Train Arena record.

•  With eight rebounds against Milwaukee on Nov. 21, Udonis Haslem passed Alonzo Mourning (4,807) for the all-time Heat franchise rebounding record. Haslem is the first undrafted player in NBA history to become a team’s all-time rebound leader. He enters the playoffs with 5,157 career rebounds.

•  This season marked the first time in franchise history that four different Heat players — Ray Allen (139) Shane Battier (136), Mario Chalmers (123) and LeBron James (103) — connected on at least 100 three-point field-goal attempts during a single season. Only two previous times has Miami had three players make at least 100 three-pointers in a regular season. Allen connected on his 100th three-point field goal of the season against Orlando on March 6, marking his 16th season with at least 100 made three-point field goals, the most in NBA history.

•  The Heat shot 49.6 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from three-point range this season, both franchise-highs. Before this season, the best shooting percentage in Heat history was in the 2004-05 season when the Heat shot 48.6 percent from the field. The previous record for three-point shooting percentage in a single season was in 1995-96 when the team shot 37.9 percent from behind the arc. Several Heat players set career-highs this season for shooting percentages. From the field: Dwyane Wade shot .521 (569-1,093); LeBron James shot .565 (765-1,354) and Chris Bosh shot .535 (485-907). From three-point range: Shane Battier shot .430 (136-316), LeBron James shot .406 (103-254) and Mario Chalmers shot .409 (123-301).

•  Miami connected on 717 three-point field goals this season, the most for a single season in franchise history. The previous franchise record for three-pointers in a single season was 678 during the 1996-97 season. The Heat connected on double-digit three-point field goals 31 times this season, the most during a single season in franchise history.

•  Had the highest single-game attendance in franchise history, done three separate times.

The Heat sold out every game this season, extending its home sellout streak to 115 consecutive games. Miami set franchise home attendance records this season several times. On Christmas against the Thunder, the Heat set an attendance record of 20,300. The Heat matched that mark against the Lakers on Feb. 10. The Heat then surpassed those records on March 12 with an attendance of 20,350 against the Hawks. The Heat then tied that record on March 22 against Detroit and March 24 against Charlotte.

•  Finished with the franchise’s best record against the Western Conference.

The Heat went 25-5 against Western Conference opponents this season, a franchise record. The team’s winning percentage of .833 against Western Conference opponents was the best in the NBA and best in franchise history. The Heat was 14-1 at home against Western Conference opponents, which also stands as a franchise record.

•  The 21-point halftime deficit at Cleveland on March 20 was the team’s largest halftime come-from-behind victory in franchise history. The Heat trailed by 27 points in the third quarter before cutting that deficit to nine points to begin the fourth quarter. The Heat defeated the Cavaliers 98-95 as LeBron James recorded a triple-double (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) against his old team.

•  Clinched a postseason berth at the earliest date and with the most games remaining in team history.

The Heat clinched a spot in the playoffs on March 9 with 22 games remaining in the regular season. The victory against the 76ers on March 9 was the 17th consecutive victory during its 27-game winning streak.

•  The Heat recorded fewer turnovers than its opponent in 12 consecutive games from Jan. 30 to Feb. 23. It was the longest such stretch in team history. The Heat finished the season 46-5 in games when it committed fewer turnovers than its opponents.

•  The Heat recorded a 15-1 record (.938) on the second night of a back-to-back set this season, tying for the best record on the second night of a back-to back set in NBA history. The Dallas Mavericks finished 15-1 (.938) in such games during the 2006-07 season.

•  First time a Heat coach won Coach of the Month in consecutive months.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was named the NBA’s Coach of the Month in February and March. He has been named Coach of the Month five times in his career, tying him with Pat Riley for the most in franchise history. Spoelstra recorded his 250th career victory in just 382 games, a record for the Heat. It took Pat Riley 395 games with the Heat to reach the 250-win milestone with the franchise.

•  First time a Heat player has been named Player of the Month in five consecutive months.

LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month the first five months of the season. James shot a career-high 56.5 percent from the field for the season while also connecting on 103 three-point field goals, becoming the only player in NBA history to hit at least 100 three-point field goals while shooting at least 55 percent from the field to finish a season.

•  LeBron James recorded his 5,000th point as a member of the Heat on Feb. 6, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to achieve the feat and just the ninth Miami player to reach the milestone. He reached the 5,000-point plateau in only his 187th game with Miami, 31 games quicker than the franchise record held by Dwyane Wade. During the season, James became the youngest player in NBA history to score his 20,000th career point. James is the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 20,000 points, grab 5,000 rebounds and dish out 5,000 assists.

•  First trio of Heat teammates to start an All-Star Game.

Fans voted LeBron James and Dwyane Wade into the All-Star Game as starters and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tabbed Chris Bosh as a starter when Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was unable to participate in the game because of an injury.

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