As part of their 25th anniversary, the Miami Heat and Sun Sports announced today that they will re-air the popular "Heat Classics" series that presents seven memorable games from the franchise's history along with extra archival footage as well as guest appearances from those who played pivotal roles in each of these particular games.
These games range from the very beginning of the team's existence as well as the elite teams from the 90s that were led by Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and coach Pat Riley.
The re-airing of the original series begins tomorrow Wednesday night and will continue throughout the month of February.
"The First Win": HEAT @ Clippers - December 14, 1988
After 17 straight losses to begin their first season, the HEAT claimed the first win in franchise history in the City of Angels.
Airing: Wednesday, February 6 (following Rockets vs. HEAT game)
"The Comeback": Pacers vs. HEAT - January 15, 1988
The upstart HEAT rally from 29 points down against Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers to win in double overtime in what remains the largest single deficit ever overcome in franchise history.
Airing: Friday, February 8 (following Clippers vs. HEAT game)
"The Flyswatter Game": Hornets vs. HEAT - February 17, 1989
In a clash of first year expansion teams, the HEAT rallied for a last second victory against the Charlotte Hornets. Thousands of flyswatters were distributed prior to the game and became a legendary part of the post-game celebration.
Airing: Tuesday, February 12 (following Trail Blazers vs. HEAT game)
"First Win Over Celtics": Celtics vs. HEAT - March 28, 1991
A thrilling fourth quarter comeback in their third season helps the HEAT secure their first win in 11 tries over one of the NBA's most storied franchises, the Boston Celtics.
Airing: Wednesday, February 20 (following HEAT @ Hawks game)
"First Win Over Bulls": Bulls vs. HEAT - March 11, 1993
After losing 19 straight games to Chicago, including their first three games as a playoff team in 1992, the HEAT registered one of the most memorable wins in franchise history, beating Michael Jordan and the Bulls for the very first time.
Airing: Saturday, February 23 (following HEAT @ 76ers game)
"Majerle Buzzer Beater": HEAT @ Bulls - December 7, 1996
During an unforgettable season and an even more remarkable stretch of road game success, few images captured the "never say die" spirit of the 1996-97 road warrior HEAT team as well as Dan Majerle's game-winning three- point basket that gave Miami a rare road win in Chicago.
Airing: Sunday, February 24 (following Cavaliers vs. HEAT game)
"Game 5 1997 Playoffs": Magic vs. HEAT - May 4, 1997
In the first and only playoff pairing between intrastate rivals Miami and Orlando, a series that had started with two HEAT blowouts was taken the distance by a feisty Magic squad. A tightly fought Game 5 came down to the wire, and Tim Hardaway ultimately proved to be the hero as he delivered the knockout blow late in the fourth quarter.
Airing: Tuesday, February 26 (following Kings vs. HEAT game)