2005–06 Miami Heat season

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2005–06 Miami Heat season
NBA Champions
Head coach Stan Van Gundy and Pat Riley
Owner(s) Micky Arison
Arena AmericanAirlines Arena
Results
Record 52–30 (.634)
Place Division: 1st (Southeast)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(won 4–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Florida, Sun Sports
Radio WIOD
< 2004–05 2006–07 >

The 2005–06 Miami Heat season was the 18th National Basketball Association season for the Miami Heat basketball franchise. The highlight of the season was winning the 2006 NBA Finals. The team was nicknamed "15 Strong".

Offseason[edit]

  • In August 2005, Shaquille O'Neal signed a 5-year-extension with the Heat for $100 million. Supporters applauded O'Neal's willingness to take what amounted to a pay cut, and the Heat's decision to secure O'Neal's services for the long term. They contend that O'Neal was worth more than $20 million per year, particularly given that considerably less valuable players earn almost the same amount. Critics, however, questioned the wisdom of the move, characterizing it as overpaying an aging and often injured player.

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 29 Wayne Simien Forward  United States Kansas

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C <span style="color:black;"Udonis Hasleml]] Alonzo Mourning Michael Doleac Earl Barron
PF Udonis Haslem Wayne Simien
SF Antoine Walker James Posey Jason Kapono
SG Dwyane Wade Derek Anderson Shandon Anderson Dorell Wright
PG Jason Williams Gary Payton

Regular season[edit]

  • In the second game of the 2005-06 season, O'Neal injured his right ankle and subsequently missed the following 18 games. Many critics stated that Heat coach Pat Riley correctly managed O'Neal during the rest of the season, limiting his minutes to a career low. Riley felt doing so would allow O'Neal to be healthier and fresher come playoff time. Although O'Neal averaged career (or near-career) lows in points, rebounds, and blocks, he said in an interview "Stats don't matter. I care about winning, not stats. If I score 0 points and we win I'm happy. If I score 50, 60 points, break the records, and we lose, I'm pissed off. 'Cause I knew I did something wrong. I'll have a hell of a season if I win the championship and average 20 points a game." During the 2005-06 season, the Heat recorded only a .500 record without O'Neal in the line-up.
  • On April 11, 2006, Shaquille O'Neal recorded his second career triple-double against the Toronto Raptors with 15 points, 11 rebounds and a career high 10 assists.

Standings[edit]

Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Miami Heat 52 30 .634 - 31–10 21–20 13–3
x-Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 10 27–14 15–26 8–8
Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 16 26–15 10–31 9–7
Charlotte Bobcats 26 56 .317 26 17–24 9–32 5–11
Atlanta Hawks 26 56 .317 26 18–23 8–33 5–11


Game log[edit]

2005–06 game log
2005–06 season schedule

Player stats[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Derek Anderson* 23 3 20.2 .308 .313 .842 2.6 2.1 .35 .09 5.8
Shandon Anderson 48 1 13.3 .429 .263 .722 1.7 .6 .35 .13 2.6
Earl Barron 8 0 5.6 .313 .000 .750 1.3 .0 .00 .00 1.6
Michael Doleac 31 3 12.0 .420 .000 .800 2.7 .3 .32 .23 3.2
Udonis Haslem 81 80 30.8 .508 .000 .789 7.8 1.2 .62 .21 9.3
Jason Kapono 51 2 13.0 .446 .396 .848 1.4 .7 .14 .06 4.1
Alonzo Mourning 65 20 20.0 .597 .000 .594 5.5 .2 .20 2.66 7.8
Shaquille O'Neal 59 58 30.6 .600 .000 .469 9.2 1.9 .39 1.76 20.0
Gary Payton 81 25 28.5 .420 .287 .794 2.9 3.2 .88 .12 7.7
James Posey 67 63 28.6 .403 .403 .787 4.8 1.3 .81 .30 7.2
Wayne Simien 43 2 9.6 .483 .000 .882 2.0 .2 .30 .02 3.4
Dwyane Wade 75 75 38.6 .495 .171 .783 5.7 6.7 1.95 .77 27.2
Antoine Walker 82 19 26.8 .435 .358 .628 5.1 2.0 .57 .37 12.2
Matt Walsh 2 0 1.5 1.000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .00 .00 1.0
Jason Williams 59 56 31.8 .442 .372 .867 2.4 4.9 .90 .08 12.3
Dorell Wright 20 2 6.6 .465 .500 .882 1.6 .4 .15 .05 2.9

* Statistics include only games with the Heat

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Derek Anderson* 8 0 8.3 .300 .357 .875 1.1 .6 .25 .00 3.0
Shandon Anderson 13 0 6.9 .308 .333 .667 .9 .3 .00 .08 1.0
Michael Doleac 8 0 9.0 .538 .000 1.000 2.8 .0 .13 .00 2.0
Udonis Haslem 22 22 29.5 .493 .000 .683 7.4 .8 .59 .32 8.6
Jason Kapono 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .00 .00 .0
Alonzo Mourning 21 0 10.8 .703 .000 .667 2.9 .1 .24 1.14 3.8
Shaquille O'Neal 23 23 33.0 .612 .000 .374 9.8 1.7 .48 1.48 18.4
Gary Payton 23 0 24.3 .422 .293 .720 1.7 1.6 1.00 .13 5.8
James Posey 22 1 27.5 .430 .422 .730 5.7 .9 .77 .09 7.3
Wayne Simien 2 0 3.5 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .00 .00 .0
Dwyane Wade 23 23 41.7 .497 .378 .808 5.9 5.7 2.22 1.13 28.4
Antoine Walker 23 23 37.5 .403 .324 .574 5.6 2.4 1.00 .35 13.3
Jason Williams 23 23 29.8 .405 .274 .844 2.0 3.9 .65 .00 9.3

* Statistics include only games with the Heat

2006 NBA Playoffs[edit]

Heat clinched a 2 seed at the Eastern Conference for the 2006 NBA Playoffs.

2006 playoff game log
2006 playoff schedule

2006 NBA Finals[edit]

Game One[edit]

Dallas' Jason Terry scored a playoff-high 32 points as the Mavericks overcame a 31–23 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

June 8
21:00 ET
Miami Heat 80, Dallas Mavericks 90
Scoring by quarter: 31-23, 13-23, 24-24, 12-20
Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 8
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Jason Terry 32
Rebs: Josh Howard 12
Asts: Nowitzki, Howard 4 each
Dallas leads series, 1-0.

Game Two[edit]

Dirk Nowitzki had a stellar 26 point-16 rebound performance, and the Mavericks cruised past the Heat to take a 2–0 series lead.

June 11
21:00 ET
Miami Heat 85, Dallas Mavericks 99
Scoring by quarter: 17-18, 17-32, 24-32, 27-17
Pts: Dwyane Wade 23
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 8
Asts: Payton, Williams 4 each
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 26
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 16
Asts: Jason Terry 9
Dallas leads series, 2-0.

Game Three[edit]

Led by Dwyane Wade's 42 points and 13 rebounds, the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The momentum-changing comeback was capped by a Gary Payton field goal from just inside the three-point line with 9.3 seconds left.

June 13
21:00 ET
Dallas Mavericks 96, Miami Heat 98
Scoring by quarter: 21-29, 22-23, 34-16, 19-30
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 30
Rebs: Erick Dampier 9
Asts: Jason Terry 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 42
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 13
Asts: Shaquille O'Neal 5
Dallas leads series, 2-1.

Game Four[edit]

Dwyane Wade shined again for the Heat with 36 points, and Miami held Dallas to just seven points in the fourth quarter en route to a series-tying, blowout victory. The Mavericks' low-scoring fourth quarter was the lowest ever by any team during the NBA Finals. Jerry Stackhouse caught Shaquille O'Neal with a flagrant foul that resulted in him being suspended for Game 5.

June 15
21:00 ET
Dallas Mavericks 74, Miami Heat 98
Scoring by quarter: 25-30, 19-24, 23-24, 7-20
Pts: Jason Terry 17
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 9
Asts: Jerry Stackhouse 4
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Jason Williams 6
Miami ties series, 2-2.

Game Five[edit]

Making a strong case for NBA Finals MVP, Wade was the star yet again with 43 points shooting as many free throws as all the Mavericks combined, leading the Heat to their third straight win over Dallas after being down 0–2 in the series. After a controversial play in which Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thought Wade committed a backcourt violation, Wade hit the game-winning free throws with 1.9 seconds left, and also made the shot that sent the game into overtime. He set an NBA Finals record for most made free-throws in a game with 21. The NBA, upon further review of the play, deemed that the officials made the correct call, and that there was no backcourt violation committed.[1]

After the game, Dirk Nowitzki kicked a ball into the stands and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused many "acts of misconduct" resulting in both of them being fined $5,000 and $250,000 respectively.[2]

June 18
21:00 ET
Dallas Mavericks 100, Miami Heat 101 (OT) (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21-24, 30-19, 20-27, 22-23, OT: 7-8 (OT)
Pts: Jason Terry 35
Rebs: Josh Howard 10
Asts: Marquis Daniels 4
Pts: Dwyane Wade 43
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Wade, Williams 4 each
Miami leads series, 3-2.

Game Six[edit]

Behind Dwyane Wade's 36 points, Miami edged Dallas to win their first championship in franchise history. Averaging 34.7 points per game in the championship series, Wade was named NBA Finals MVP (Most Valuable Player).

June 20
21:00 ET
Miami Heat 95, Dallas Mavericks 92
Scoring by quarter: 23-30, 26-18, 22-20, 24-24
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Jason Williams 7
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 29
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 12
Asts: Jason Terry 5
Miami wins series, 4–2.

Award winners[edit]

O'Neal handing over the championship ball when the NBA Champion Heat visited the White House
  • Shaquille O'Neal, NBA leader in field goal percentage
    • He joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players in league history to lead the league in field goal percentage nine times.
  • Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA First Team
  • Dwyane Wade, NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Champion
  • Dwyane Wade, All-NBA Second Team
  • Dwyane Wade, NBA Finals MVP
  • Dwyane Wade, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

NBA All-Star Game

  • Dwyane Wade, NBA All-Star Game Appearance
  • Shaquille O'Neal, NBA All-Star Appearance

References[edit]

  1. ^ usatoday.com, No backcourt violation on winning possession, NBA says, accessed May 5, 2007.
  2. ^ espn.com, Cuban fined $250K for actions after Game 5, accessed May 5, 2007.