Published On: Jun 19 2013 06:03:11 PM EDTUpdated On: Jun 20 2013 11:54:12 AM EDT
1969 ABA PLAYOFFS - The very first Game 7 in South Florida sports history came on the old hardcourts of the ABA when the Miami Floridians defeated the Minnesota Pipers 137-128 to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
JUNE 1, 1996 - The pinnacle of the Florida Panthers "Year of the Rat" came when the cats skated past the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. John Vanbiesbrouck's 39 saves helped the Panthers win 3-1 and advance to their one and only Stanley Cup Finals appearance vs. Colorado.
MAY 18, 1997 - The Miami Heat's first venture into Game 7 territory actually took a back seat the the brawl vs. the Knicks that occurred earlier in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The iconic image of head coach Jeff Van Gundy holding onto Alonzo Mourning's leg for dear life may be what people remember, it was the Heat who prevailed 101-90 in Game 7 while moving on to face the Chicago Bulls.
OCTOBER 26, 1997 - One of the greatest moments in South Florida sports history came in a Game 7 when the Florida Marlins won their first World Series with a 3-2 win in 11 innings over the Cleveland Indians. Edgar Renteria's single to bring home Craig Counsell is an image that will live forever.
MAY 21, 2000 - For the second straight year, the Knicks eliminated the Heat from the postseason with a one point road win in Miami. Clarence Weatherspoon had a chance to win it for the Heat, but missed a jumper with seconds remaining to give the Knicks the Game 7 and Eastern Conference Semifinals win.
OCTOBER 15, 2003 - Bartman's miscue may stir the memories, but it was the Marlins bats that propelled Florida past the Chicago Cubs in Game 7 of the NLCS 9-6 and send them to their second World Series appearance.
MAY 4, 2007 - The young Miami Heat team led by Dwyane Wade, Caron Butler and Brian Grant made some noise in the First Round playoff series against the New Orleans Hornets. Butler had 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead Miami past the Hornets in Game 7 85-77.
JUNE 6, 2005 - The Heat's dreams of a first-ever NBA Finals appearance came to a sad end in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Pistons. With Dwyane Wade banged up with a rib injury, there was no stopping Detroit who won the Game 7 88-82, advancing to a second straight NBA Finals appearance.
MAY 3, 2009 - The Miami Heat's playoff run in 2009 was short-lived as the Hawks beat Miami 91-78 in Game 7 of this First Round playoff series. Dwyane Wade finished with 31 points, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks held on to a 29 point lead and never gave it up.
JUNE 9, 2012 - Capping off one of the greatest playoff series of all time, the Heat demolished Boston 99-76 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, giving Miami a ticket to their second straight NBA Finals. LeBron James led the way with 31 points while Chris Bosh hit a career-high three 3-pointers.
JUNE 3, 2013 - After battling the pesky Pacers for the entire Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat were able to put Indiana away in Game 7 by a score of 99-76.