Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s taken more than two decades and the signing of the Big Three, but the Miami Heat have finally reached .500 in overall team record.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Tuesday’s drubbing of Indiana evened the team’s all-time record to 942-942. For the Heat, it’s been quite a journey that started with the team digging quite a hole for itself.
The first squad in 1988 started 0-17 and would end up with a record 15-67. The team finished the next season with an 18-64 mark and in the third season, the Heat won 24 games and lost 58. In those first few years, the Heat went 57-189.
It was a brutal stretch to start the season, but things changed when Pat Riley came to the team in 1995. Since then, the Heat have been a team on the rise and eventually made it to the top of the league in 2004 when the team won its first NBA championship.
But even after the championship there were lean years as Riley prepared to work his magic and sign the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Since then, no one can question the success the Heat have had and will have over the next few years.
Last season the Heat finished the regular season with a 58-24 record. This season, the Heat have already won 23 games and if their current play is a sign of things to come, should easily sail towards the NBA Finals again this season.
It’s been a long road to plow, but the Heat have finally made it to .500 and the ceiling from here is unlimited as long as the Big Three roam the court at the AmericanAirlines Arena.