Between 2011 and 2014 the Miami Heat became the first team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) to make four consecutive NBA Finals appearances since the Boston Celtics accomplished the feat between 1984 and 1987. Having previously secured a league championship in 2006, the Heat returned to the finals in 2011 to face the Dallas Mavericks, the same franchise they had bested five years earlier. Unfortunately for Miami fans, the Heat could not replicate their victory, falling to Dallas in six games.
After winning 46 regular season games over a lockout shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, the Heat progressed to a second consecutive NBA Finals. Having endured a brutal seven game series against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat enjoyed a relatively simple 4-1 series win over the young Oklahoma City Thunder, earning the franchise its second title.
The Heat repeated as champions in 2013, this time surviving back to back seven game series against the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals and NBA Finals, respectively. Miami’s four year NBA Finals run culminated in a 2014 rematch with the Spurs. On this occasion, however, San Antonio proved too tough, defeating Miami in a five game series.