1997-98 Miami Heat Season
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1997%E2%80%9398 Miami Heat Season
1997-98 Miami Heat season
Division champions
Head coachPat Riley
ArenaMiami Arena
Results
Record55–27 (.671)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Knicks 2-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionSunshine Network, WBFS
RadioWIOD

The 1997-98 NBA season was the tenth season for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association.[1] In the offseason, the Heat signed free agent Eric Murdock and acquired Duane Causwell from the Sacramento Kings. Despite Alonzo Mourning missing the first 22 games of the season due to an offseason knee injury,[2] and Jamal Mashburn playing just 48 games due to a thumb injury, the Heat continued to play strong basketball as backup center Isaac Austin played strong coming off the bench. Mourning would eventually return as Austin was traded at midseason to the Los Angeles Clippers for Brent Barry, as the Heat posted a 13-2 record in February. The Heat finished first place in the Atlantic Division with a 55-27 record. Tim Hardaway was the only member of the team to be selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Heat faced the 7th-seeded New York Knicks. The Heat would take a 2-1 lead in the series. However, in Game 4, Mourning was suspended for fighting Larry Johnson, his former teammate of the Charlotte Hornets now playing for the Knicks. Without Mourning, the Heat would lose Game 5 at the Miami Arena, 98-81.[3] Following the season, Barry signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls, and Murdock signed with the New Jersey Nets.

Offseason

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 26 Charles Smith SG  United States University of New Mexico
2 30 Mark Sanford F  United States University of Washington

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Miami Heat 55 27 .671 - 30-11 25-16 18-6
x-New York Knicks 43 39 .524 12 28-13 15-26 13-11
x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 12 26-15 17-24 12-12
Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 13 24-17 18-23 12-13
Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 14 24-17 17-24 11-13
Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 19 24-17 12-29 12-23
Philadelphia 76ers 31 51 .378 24 19-22 12-29 7-17


Record vs. opponents

1997-98 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta -- 2-1 4-0 1-3 4-0 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-3 3-1 0-2 1-2 2-2 2-2 3-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 4-0
Boston 1-2 -- 1-2 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 0-4 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-2 1-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-0 0-2 2-0 3-2
Charlotte 0-4 2-1 -- 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-2 1-3 3-1 2-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2
Chicago 3-1 3-1 3-1 -- 2-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 2-1 4-0 1-1 4-0 4-0 3-1 2-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 3-1
Cleveland 0-4 3-1 2-2 2-2 -- 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-2 2-0 3-1 1-2 2-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 1-2
Dallas 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 -- 3-1 0-2 1-3 0-4 1-1 1-3 0-4 0-2 0-2 2-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-4 0-4 2-2 1-1 0-4 4-0 1-1
Denver 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-3 -- 0-2 1-3 0-4 0-2 2-2 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 2-2 1-3 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1
Detroit 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-3 2-0 2-0 -- 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-2 2-2 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-2 3-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 4-0 0-2 0-2 2-2
Golden State 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 3-1 3-1 0-2 -- 1-3 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-4 1-3 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 0-4 1-3 0-2
Houston 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 -- 1-1 4-0 1-3 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-3 4-0 2-2 1-3 2-0 0-4 3-1 1-1
Indiana 3-1 4-0 1-3 2-2 2-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 -- 2-0 0-2 3-1 4-0 2-0 2-1 2-1 3-1 4-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 4-0 1-1 2-0 4-0
L.A. Clippers 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 2-2 0-2 3-1 0-4 0-2 -- 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-4 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-4 3-1 1-3 0-4 1-1 1-3 1-3 0-2
L.A. Lakers 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 4-0 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 4-0 -- 1-1 2-0 4-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 2-2 2-2 4-0 4-0 1-3 2-0 3-1 4-0 1-1
Miami 3-1 4-0 1-3 1-2 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 -- 3-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 3-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 0-2 0-2 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2
Milwaukee 1-3 2-2 1-3 0-4 2-2 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-0 0-2 1-3 -- 1-1 0-4 3-1 2-1 2-2 0-2 2-0 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-2
Minnesota 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 2-2 3-1 2-0 4-0 3-1 0-2 4-0 0-4 1-1 1-1 -- 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 3-1 1-3 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-3 4-0 0-2
New Jersey 2-1 2-2 2-2 0-4 1-3 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 4-0 0-2 -- 2-2 3-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3
New York 2-2 2-2 3-1 0-4 2-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-3 1-1 2-2 -- 4-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3
Orlando 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-0 2-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-2 2-0 1-3 0-4 -- 4-0 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 2-0 3-1
Philadelphia 1-3 1-3 1-2 1-2 1-3 2-0 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 0-4 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-2 0-2 1-3 2-2 0-4 -- 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 0-2 2-0 3-1
Phoenix 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 4-0 4-0 1-1 4-0 3-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 2-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 -- 2-2 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-0 1-3 4-0 1-1
Portland 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 3-1 3-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 -- 3-1 2-2 0-4 2-0 3-1 2-2 1-1
Sacramento 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 4-0 3-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 1-3 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-3 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-3 -- 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1
San Antonio 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-0 3-1 0-4 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-3 2-2 4-0 -- 2-2 2-0 1-3 4-0 1-1
Seattle 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 4-0 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 4-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 4-0 3-1 2-2 -- 2-0 2-2 4-0 1-1
Toronto 0-4 0-3 0-4 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-0 0-2 0-4 1-1 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-3 2-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 -- 0-2 1-1 0-3
Utah 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 4-0 4-0 2-0 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-3 2-2 3-1 2-2 2-0 -- 4-0 0-2
Vancouver 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 3-1 2-0 3-1 1-3 0-2 3-1 0-4 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 2-2 2-2 0-4 0-4 1-1 0-4 -- 1-1
Washington 0-4 2-3 2-2 1-3 2-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-0 1-1 2-2 2-1 2-0 3-1 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-0 2-0 1-1 --

Playoffs

East First Round

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Miami won 4-3)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(MIA-NYK)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 24 Miami 94 New York 79 1-0 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida 1 TBS 7:00et
2 April 26 Miami 86 New York 96 1-1 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida 2 NBC 12:30et
3 April 28 New York 85 Miami 91 2-1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 3 TBS 7:00et
4 April 30 New York 90 Miami 85 2-2 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 4 TNT 8:00et
5 May 3 Miami 81 New York 98 2-3 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida 5 NBC 12:30et
New York wins series 3–2

Player stats

Regular season

Playoffs

Transactions

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ 1997-98 Miami Heat
  2. ^ "Mourning Returns in Heat Loss". Los Angeles Times. December 18, 1997. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "THE N.B.A. PLAYOFFS; Staying Serene Under Pressure, the Knicks Oust Miami". New York Times. May 4, 1998. Retrieved 2017.

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