1995–96 Miami Heat season

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1995–96 Miami Heat season
Head coach Pat Riley
Arena Miami Arena
Results
Record 42–40 (.512)
Place Division: 3rd (Atlantic)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Eastern First Round
(eliminated 0-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel Florida, Sunshine Network, WBFS
Radio WINZ
< 1994–95 1996–97 >

The 1995-96 Miami Heat season was Miami's eighth season in the NBA.[1] Under Pat Riley, the Heat would be restructured. The franchise acquired Alonzo Mourning, Pete Myers, and LeRon Ellis from the Charlotte Hornets on the day before the start of the season for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger and Khalid Reeves.[2] Mourning would have an immediate impact as the Heat won 11 of their first 14 games. Over the next 2 months, the Heat would struggle as they would win only 9 of their next 32 games.[2] Pat Riley would continue make changes. At the trading deadline, Riley would make three more deals. The club would acquire Tim Hardaway, Chris Gatling, Walt Williams, Tyrone Corbin and Tony Smith.[2] The roster that started training camp was now completely different.

In the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 1996 NBA Playoffs, the Heat would be swept in three straight games by Michael Jordan and the 72-10 Chicago Bulls.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1995 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 10 Kurt Thomas Power Forward/Center  United States TCU
2 46 George Banks Forward  United States UTEP

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Orlando Magic 60 22 .732 37–4 23–18 21–3
x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 13 26–15 21–20 16–8
x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 18 26–15 16–25 13–12
Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 21 25–16 14–27 10–14
Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 27 18–23 15–26 12–12
New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 30 20–21 10–31 8–17
Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 42 11–30 7–34 5–19


Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Heat points Opponents Record Streak OT
1 November 4 Cleveland Win 85 71 1-0 Won 1
2 November 8 Houston Win 89 82 2-0 Won 2
3 November 10 New Jersey Win 106 80 3-0 Won 3
4 November 11 @ Orlando Loss 93 94 3-1 Lost 1
5 November 15 Indiana Loss 97 103 3-2 Lost 2
6 November 17 @ Atlanta Win 91 88 4-2 Won 1
7 November 18 Orlando Win 93 90 5-2 Won 2
8 November 22 Golden State Win 103 93 6-2 Won 3
9 November 24 @ Washington Loss 94 110 6-3 Lost 1
10 November 25 Vancouver Win 111 91 7-3 Won 1
11 November 28 Dallas Win 111 89 8-3 Won 2
12 November 30 @ Detroit Win 118 107 9-3 Won 3
13 December 1 Charlotte Win 108 101 10-3 Won 4 OT
14 December 3 @ Toronto Win 112 94 11-3 Won 5
15 December 4 @ Boston Loss 120 121 11-4 Lost 1 2OT
16 December 6 Boston Loss 101 105 11-5 Lost 2
17 December 9 @ Phoenix Win 94 92 12-5 Won 1
18 December 10 @ Sacramento Loss 90 110 12-6 Lost 1
19 December 12 @ Golden State Loss 80 105 12-7 Lost 2
20 December 14 @ LA Clippers Loss 84 89 12-8 Lost 3
21 December 16 Utah Loss 74 83 12-9 Lost 4
22 December 19 @ New York Loss 70 89 12-10 Lost 5
23 December 20 @ New Jersey Win 112 104 13-10 Won 1 OT
24 December 22 Detroit Loss 75 84 13-11 Lost 1
25 December 23 @ Charlotte Loss 75 87 13-12 Lost 2
26 December 26 New Jersey Win 96 93 14-12 Won 1
27 December 28 @ Indiana Loss 77 91 14-13 Lost 1
28 December 30 LA Clippers Win 105 96 15-13 Won 1
29 January 4 Seattle Loss 81 84 15-14 Lost 1
30 January 6 @ Denver Win 88 86 16-14 Won 1
31 January 8 @ Utah Loss 92 94 16-15 Lost 1
32 January 10 @ Portland Loss 89 90 16-16 Lost 2
33 January 12 @ Seattle Loss 81 113 16-17 Lost 3
34 January 13 @ Vancouver Loss 65 69 16-18 Lost 4
35 January 15 @ LA Lakers Loss 88 96 16-19 Lost 5
36 January 17 Washington Win 96 89 17-19 Won 1
37 January 19 Charlotte Loss 106 114 17-20 Lost 1
38 January 20 @ Atlanta Loss 78 98 17-21 Lost 2
39 January 22 San Antonio Win 96 89 18-21 Won 1
40 January 24 New York Loss 79 88 18-22 Lost 1
41 January 26 @ Chicago Loss 80 102 18-23 Lost 2
42 January 27 @ Cleveland Win 102 85 19-23 Won 1
43 January 29 @ New York Loss 85 94 19-24 Lost 1
44 January 30 Phoenix Loss 99 114 19-25 Lost 2
45 February 1 Philadelphia Win 124 104 20-25 Won 1
46 February 3 Boston Loss 99 100 20-26 Lost 1
47 February 5 Sacramento Win 103 92 21-26 Won 1
48 February 7 Atlanta Win 101 89 22-26 Won 2
49 February 13 Toronto Loss 87 98 22-27 Lost 1
50 February 15 Denver Win 97 91 23-27 Won 1
51 February 17 Orlando Loss 93 95 23-28 Lost 1
52 February 19 @ Cleveland Loss 70 73 23-29 Lost 2
53 February 21 @ Philadelphia Win 66 57 24-29 Won 1
54 February 23 Chicago Win 113 104 25-29 Won 2
55 February 25 Philadelphia Win 108 101 26-29 Won 3
56 February 27 @ New Jersey Win 93 90 27-29 Won 4
57 February 28 @ Orlando Loss 112 116 27-30 Lost 1
58 March 1 Portland Loss 88 102 27-31 Lost 2
59 March 3 @ Minnesota Loss 87 89 27-32 Lost 3
60 March 5 Minnesota Win 113 72 28-32 Won 1
61 March 8 Toronto Win 109 79 29-32 Won 2
62 March 10 Cleveland Win 88 81 30-32 Won 3
63 March 12 @ Dallas Win 125 118 31-32 Won 4
64 March 14 @ San Antonio Loss 100 120 31-33 Lost 1
65 March 16 @ Houston Win 121 97 32-33 Won 1
66 March 20 Detroit Win 102 93 33-33 Won 2
67 March 22 @ Milwaukee Win 122 106 34-33 Won 3
68 March 24 @ Boston Win 111 95 35-33 Won 4
69 March 27 LA Lakers Loss 95 106 35-34 Lost 1
70 March 29 Washington Win 112 93 36-34 Won 1
71 March 30 @ Detroit Win 95 85 37-34 Won 2
72 April 2 Chicago Loss 92 110 37-35 Lost 1
73 April 4 @ Chicago Loss 92 100 37-36 Lost 2
74 April 6 @ Indiana Loss 95 99 37-37 Lost 3
75 April 8 @ Washington Loss 99 111 37-38 Lost 4
76 April 10 @ Charlotte Win 116 95 38-38 Won 1
77 April 11 Milwaukee Win 115 105 39-38 Won 2
78 April 13 New York Win 103 95 40-38 Won 3
79 April 15 New Jersey Win 110 90 41-38 Won 4
80 April 17 @ Philadelphia Loss 86 90 41-39 Lost 1
81 April 19 @ Milwaukee Win 106 100 42-39 Won 1
82 April 21 Atlanta Loss 92 104 42-40 Lost 1
1 April 26 (First Round) @ Chicago Loss 85 102 0-1 Lost 1
2 April 28 (First Round) @ Chicago Loss 75 106 0-2 Lost 2
3 May 1 (First Round) Chicago Loss 91 112 0-3 Lost 3

Roster[edit]

No. Player Pos Ht Wt DOB Exp College
2 Keith Askins G-F 6-7 197 12/15/1967 5 Alabama
7 Rex Chapman G 6-4 185 10/5/1967 7 Kentucky
23 Tyrone Corbin G-F 6-6 210 12/31/1962 10 DePaul
5 Sasha Danilovic G 6-5 200 2/26/1970 R N/A
28 LeRon Ellis F-C 6-9 225 4/28/1969 2 Syracuse
15 Chris Gatling F-C 6-10 220 9/3/1967 4 Old Dominion
10 Tim Hardaway G 6-0 175 9/1/1966 5 UTEP
21 Stacey King F-C 6-11 230 1/29/1967 6 Oklahoma
22 Voshon Lenard G 6-4 205 5/14/1973 R Minnesota
25 Jeff Malone G 6-4 205 6/28/1961 12 Mississippi State
33 Alonzo Mourning C 6-10 240 2/8/1970 3 Georgetown
24 Danny Schaves C-F 6-11 235 5/10/1959 14 Syracuse
14 Tony Smith G 6-3 185 6/14/1968 5 Marquette
40 Kurt Thomas F 6-9 230 10/4/1972 R TCU
42 Walt Williams F-G 6-8 219 4/16/1970 3 Maryland

[3]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL= Steals; BLK= Blocks; PTS= Points

Player Stats[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS
Alonzo Mourning 70 727 159 70 189 1623
Rex Chapman 56 145 166 45 10 786
Kurt Thomas 74 439 46 47 36 666
Bimbo Coles 52 201 296 63 12 664
Billy Owens 40 286 134 30 22 590
Tim Hardaway 28 98 280 58 6 482
Kevin Willis 47 420 34 19 25 479
Keith Askins 75 324 121 48 61 458
Chris Gatling 24 175 17 17 11 365
Walt Williams 28 112 65 32 16 337
Kevin Gamble 44 86 82 31 5 305
Sasha Danilovic 19 46 47 15 3 255
Pete Myers 39 73 97 14 11 184
Voshon Lenard 30 52 31 6 1 176
Tony Smith 25 39 68 16 5 109
Terrence Rencher 34 42 54 16 1 103
Danny Schayes 32 89 9 11 16 101
Tyrone Corbin 22 65 23 16 3 101
Ron Grandison 18 36 10 8 1 43
Stacey King 15 23 2 7 2 38
Jeff Malone 7 8 7 3 0 31
LeRon Ellis 12 8 4 2 3 13

[3]

Transactions[edit]

July 1, 1995

September 1, 1995

September 29, 1995

October 5, 1995

October 13, 1995

  • Waived Bruce Bowen.

November 3, 1995

December 12, 1995

December 27, 1995

  • Waived LeRon Ellis.

December 29, 1995

January 5, 1996

  • Waived Ron Grandison.

February 12, 1996

  • Signed Jeff Malone to a 10-day contract.
  • Waived Pete Myers.

February 22, 1996

March 3, 1996

  • Signed Jeff Malone to a contract for remainder of season.

June 26, 1996

[4]

Postseason[edit]

The Heat would qualify for the playoffs by beating out the Charlotte Hornets by 1 game for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 42 wins and 40 losses. In the playoffs, the Heat were swept in 3 straight games. The Heat would lose by double digits in each game to the eventual World Champion Chicago Bulls.[2]

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

Pat Riley led the Heat to a 42-40 record which tying the franchise record for best record. Alonzo Mourning was voted by fans to be in the All-Star Game.[5]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ 1995-96 Miami Heat
  2. ^ a b c d Miami Heat (1988-Present)
  3. ^ a b "1995-96 Miami Heat Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "1995-96 Miami Heat Transactions". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Year by Year: 1995-96". Heat History. NBA.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
Sources