A ticket for a December 1988 game between the Heat and the Sacramento Kings.
The 1988-89Miami Heat season was Miami's inaugural season in the NBA. The Miami Heat were the first of 2 expansion teams to play in the state of Florida over a two-year period. The expansion would include three other expansion franchises in Charlotte, Minnesota, and Orlando. The expansion Heat were able to select Syracuse star center Rony Seikaly in the NBA Draft. The Heat would make their debut on November 5 in a losing effort to the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 111-91 at the Miami Arena. Rory Sparrow made the first basket in franchise history. The Heat lost a NBA record 17 games to start their inaugural season. On December 14, the Heat got their first win of the season by beating the Clippers in Los Angeles by a score of 89-88. Five games later, the Heat would win their first game ever at home when they beat the Utah Jazz 101-80. The Heat would finish their first season with a 15-67 record. The club's leading scorer was Kevin Edwards, who averaged 13.8 points per game.