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2011–12 Miami Heat season

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Results
Record 46–20 (.697)
Place Division: 1st (Southeast)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(won 4–1)

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The 2011–12 Miami Heat season is the franchise's 24th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They came into the season as the defending Eastern Conference champions, the second season playing with the "Big Three" of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, and the fourth season under head coach Erik Spoelstra. Prior to the beginning of the season, they looked to bounce back from their disappointing finish to the previous year where they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Following the 2011 NBA lockout the Heat played only 66 games this season. They won their division for the 9th time and appeared in the Eastern Conference Finals for the 5th time. For the second year in a row, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh were all selected to the NBA All-Star Game, tying the record for the most Heat players in an All-Star game in franchise history.

On June 9, 2012, the Heat beat the Boston Celtics to advance to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year and 3rd time in franchise history. On June 21, the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 4–1, following their 121–106 Game 5 victory to become the 2012 NBA Champions, the 2nd Championship for the franchise. LeBron James was awarded the 2012 NBA Finals MVP.

Key dates

  • June 23: The 2011 NBA Draft took place at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
  • December 9: The free agency period started.
  • December 18: The Heat pre-season started with a game against the Orlando Magic.
  • December 25: The Heat avenged their 2011 NBA Finals loss with a 105–94 win over the Dallas Mavericks to open the season.
  • December 27: The Heat won their home opener against the Boston Celtics 115–107.
  • February 7: With a 19–6 season start, the Heat marked their best start in franchise history.
  • February 14: The Heat became the first team to win three road games (Hawks, Bucks, & Pacers) on three consecutive nights by double digits since the 1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks.
  • February 23: The Heat went into the All Star Break with their best win percentage (.794) in team history.
  • February 25–26: The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend took place.
  • April 3: The Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99–93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • April 15: The Heat clinched a back to back (9th) Southeast Division title with a 93–85 win over the New York Knicks.
  • April 22: The Heat defeated the Houston Rockets 97–88 in their final regular season home game.
  • April 24: The Heat clinched the 2nd seed for the Eastern Conference after losing to the Boston Celtics 78–66.
  • April 26: The Heat ended the regular season with a 104–70 loss against the Washington Wizards.
  • May 9: The Heat defeated the New York Knicks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round, advancing to the Conference Semi-Finals.
  • May 24: The Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, advancing to the Conference Finals.
  • June 9: The Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, advancing to the 2012 NBA Finals.
  • June 21: The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, winning the franchise's second championship. LeBron James was named NBA Finals MVP.

Season summary

When the Heat made it all the way to the finals in Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh's first year playing together, they were seen as heavy favorites from the Eastern Conference to return in 2012. The team's original starting lineup was:
C - Joel Anthony
PF - Chris Bosh
SF - LeBron James
SG - Dwyane Wade
PG - Mario Chalmers

The starting lineup would go through a lot of changes as the season went on. The finals lineup in the NBA Finals is listed below.

Draft picks

Main article: 2011 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Team
2 31 Bojan Bogdanović (traded to Minnesota Timberwolves) SF/SG 23x15px Croatia Fenerbahçe Ülker

Roster

Miami Heat roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 50 Anthony, Joel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982–08–09 UNLV
F 31 Battier, Shane 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1978–09–09 Duke
F/C 1 Bosh, Chris 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1984–05–19 Georgia Tech
G 15 Chalmers, Mario 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1986–03–24 Kansas
G 30 Cole, Norris 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1988–10–13 Cleveland State
C 34 Curry, Eddy 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 1982–12–05 Thornwood HS (IL)
G 14 Harris, Terrel 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1987–08–10 Oklahoma State
F/C 40 Haslem, Udonis (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1980–06–09 Florida
F 5 Howard, Juwan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1973–02–07 Michigan
F 6 James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)
F 22 Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1980–10–04 Miami (FL)
F 13 Miller, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1980–02–19 Florida
C 45 Pittman, Dexter 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 308 lb (140 kg) 1988–03–02 Texas
C 21 Turiaf, Ronny 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1983-01-13 Gonzaga
G 3 Wade, Dwyane (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1982–01–17 Marquette
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Jay Sabol
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
  • Bill Foran

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Pre-season

2011 pre-season game log

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2011–12 season schedule

Regular season

Standings

Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Miami Heat 46 20 .697 28–5 18–15 9–5
x-Atlanta Hawks 40 26 .606 6 23–10 17–16 11–3
x-Orlando Magic 37 29 .561 9 21–12 16–17 8–7
Washington Wizards 20 46 .303 26 11–22 9–24 7–7
Charlotte Bobcats 7 59 .106 39 4–29 3–30 1–14
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 50 16 .758
2 y-Miami Heat 46 20 .697 4
3 x-Indiana Pacers 42 24 .636 8
4 y-Boston Celtics 39 27 .591 11
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 40 26 .606 10
6 x-Orlando Magic 37 29 .561 13
7 x-New York Knicks 36 30 .545 14
8 x-Philadelphia 76ers 35 31 .530 15
9 Milwaukee Bucks 31 35 .470 19
10 Detroit Pistons 25 41 .379 25
11 Toronto Raptors 23 43 .348 27
12 New Jersey Nets 22 44 .333 28
13 Cleveland Cavaliers 21 45 .318 29
14 Washington Wizards 20 46 .303 30
15 Charlotte Bobcats 7 59 .106 43

Game log

2011–12 game log
Total: 46–20 (Home: 28–5; Road: 18–15)
2011–12 season schedule

Playoffs

Game log

2012 playoff game log Total: 16–7 (Home: 11–2; Road: 5–5)
2012 playoff schedule

Player statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Joel Anthony 64 51 21.1 .559 .000 .690 3.9 0.1 0.56 1.31 3.4
Shane Battier 65 10 23.1 .387 .339 .622 2.4 1.3 0.98 0.51 4.8
Chris Bosh 57 57 35.2 .487 .286 .821 7.9 1.8 0.89 0.79 18.0
Mario Chalmers 64 64 28.5 .448 .388 .792 2.7 3.5 1.52 0.17 9.8
Norris Cole 65 2 19.4 .393 .276 .776 1.4 2.0 0.68 0.03 6.8
Eddy Curry 14 1 5.9 .462 .000 .750 0.9 0.1 0.00 0.14 2.1
Mickell Gladness * 8 0 3.5 .333 .000 .000 1.4 0.3 0.13 0.13 0.3
Terrel Harris 22 1 14.5 .349 .205 .667 2.3 1.2 0.41 0.09 3.6
Udonis Haslem 64 10 24.8 .423 .000 .814 7.3 0.7 0.55 0.38 6.0
Juwan Howard 28 0 6.8 .309 .000 .800 1.7 0.4 0.14 0.04 1.5
LeBron James 62 62 37.5 .531 .362 .771 7.9 6.2 1.85 0.81 27.1
James Jones 51 10 13.1 .380 .404 .833 1.0 0.4 0.33 0.18 3.6
Mike Miller 39 2 19.3 .435 .453 .400 3.3 1.1 0.36 0.15 6.1
Dexter Pittman 35 6 8.6 .468 .000 .643 2.0 0.3 0.23 0.23 3.0
Ronny Turiaf * 13 5 17.0 .533 .000 .591 4.5 0.4 0.62 1.08 3.5
Dwyane Wade 49 49 33.2 .497 .268 .791 4.8 4.6 1.67 1.29 22.1

     Lead team

  • Stats as of match played on April 26, 2012 (66 matches played)[1]
  • * Stats with the Heat.

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Joel Anthony 17 1 19.4 .586 .000 .800 3.2 0.1 0.29 0.94 3.2
Shane Battier 23 16 33.4 .379 .382 .813 3.2 1.2 0.96 0.61 7.0
Chris Bosh 14 10 31.4 .493 .538 .827 7.8 0.6 0.43 1.00 14.0
Mario Chalmers 23 23 35.6 .442 .359 .717 3.7 3.9 1.22 0.26 11.3
Norris Cole 19 0 8.9 .324 .250 .778 0.5 0.6 0.37 0.00 1.8
Eddy Curry 0 0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Terrel Harris 4 0 2.5 .500 .000 .750 0.8 0.0 0.00 0.00 1.3
Udonis Haslem 22 11 20.5 .455 .000 .743 6.4 0.6 0.23 0.27 4.8
Juwan Howard 9 0 2.7 .286 .000 .750 0.1 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.8
LeBron James 23 23 42.7 .500 .259 .739 9.7 5.6 1.87 0.70 30.3
James Jones 20 0 8.7 .372 .300 1.000 1.0 0.1 0.15 0.05 2.6
Mike Miller 23 0 16.0 .404 .413 .818 2.5 0.7 0.39 0.09 5.2
Dexter Pittman 3 1 2.7 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.3 0.00 0.33 0.0
Ronny Turiaf 12 7 10.1 .556 .000 .273 2.6 0.1 0.08 0.67 1.9
Dwyane Wade 23 23 39.4 .462 .294 .729 5.2 4.3 1.70 1.30 22.8

     Lead team

  • Stats as of match played on June 21, 2012 (23 matches played)

Awards, records and milestones

Awards

Week/Month

  • On January 3, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (December 25 – January 1).
  • On January 9, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (January 2 – January 8).
  • On January 30, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (January 23 – January 29).
  • On February 3, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Month (December – January).
  • On February 20, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (February 13 – February 19).
  • On March 1, 2012 Erik Spoelstra was named Eastern Conference's Coach of the Month (February).
  • On March 2, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Month (February).
  • On April 9, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (April 2 – April 8).
  • On April 23, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (April 16 – April 22).

All-Star

Season

Playoffs

Records

  • On February 3, 2012 LeBron James became the youngest player to have reached 18,000 career points.
  • On April 19, 2012 LeBron James became the youngest player to have reached 19,000 career points.

Milestones

Transactions

Trades

June 23, 2011
To Miami Heat
To Minnesota Timberwolves

Free agents

Additions

Player Signed Former Team
Mario Chalmers Signed 3 Year Contract For $12.0 Million Miami Heat
Juwan Howard Signed 1 Year Contract For $1.32 Million Miami Heat
James Jones Signed 3 Year Contract For $4.5 Million Miami Heat
Shane Battier Signed 3 Year Contract For $9.4 Million Memphis Grizzlies
Eddy Curry Signed 1 Year Contract For $1.22 Million Minnesota Timberwolves
Mickell Gladness Signed 1 Year Contract For $171,872 Dakota Wizards (D-League)
Terrel Harris Signed 1 Year Contract For $473,604 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)

Subtractions

Player Reason Left New Team
Mike Bibby Free Agent New York Knicks
Erick Dampier Free Agent Atlanta Hawks
Jamaal Magloire Free Agent Toronto Raptors
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Retired
Mickell Gladness Waived Golden State Warriors
Eddie House Waived

See also

References

  1. ^ "2011–12 Heat Regular Statistics". NBA. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "LeBron James wins 2012 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Heat's James top vote-getter among All-Defensive Team picks". NBA. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "LeBron, Durant highlight 2011-12 All-NBA First Team". NBA. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Danny Granger nets 25 as Pacers hand Heat 2nd straight double-digit loss". Associated Press. ESPN.com. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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