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Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four
The 2010_11 Miami Heat season was the 23rd season of the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Heat finished first in the Southeast Division with 58_24 record, and made the NBA Playoffs for the 3rd consecutive year as the Eastern Conference's #2 seed (behind the Chicago Bulls).
With the acquisition of free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the off season, the Heat opened up the season with extraordinarily high expectations, with many expecting a championship in the first year of the new lineup, and with team stars Chris Bosh , Dwyane Wade and LeBron James predicting an NBA championship in their first season together. However they fell just short by losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.
Even though the Heat's season ended in disappointing fashion, they enjoyed a successful season, despite a slow 9_8 start to the regular season. They finished the regular season with 58 wins, their third-most in franchise history, won the Southeast Division, and were second in the Eastern Conference. Pat Riley was named NBA Executive of the Year . Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh were all selected to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game , the most Heat players in an All-Star game in franchise history. LeBron James earned All-NBA First Team honours, while Dwyane Wade earned All-NBA Second Team honours.
In the NBA Playoffs , Miami defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the First Round , Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals ,and Chicago Bulls in the Conference Finals all in 5 games. However they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the Finals in 6 games.
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