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Heat–Knicks rivalry
Miami Heat New York Knicks

Teams involved · Miami Heat
· New York Knicks

First contested March 2, 1989
Number of meetings 103 meetings
Most recent meeting February 1, 2014
(Madison Square Garden)
Next meeting February 27, 2014
(AmericanAirlines Arena)
All-time series 59–73 (NYK)
Regular season series 44–59 (NYK)
Postseason results 15–14 (MIA)
Longest win streak · *MIA*: W7
· *NYK*: W10

Current streak W6 (MIA)
Post-season history
· *1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals*: Heat won, 4–3
· *1999 Eastern Conference First Round*: Knicks won, 3–2
· *2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals*: Knicks won, 4–3
· *2012 Eastern Conference First Round*: Heat won, 4–1

The *Heat–Knicks rivalry* was a rivalry between the Miami Heat and New
York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. The two teams met in
the postseason four years in a row from 1997–2000, with the Knicks
winning three of those series and the Heat winning one. The teams most
recently met in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, which the Heat
won in five games.

The Heat–Knicks rivalry was one of the fiercest in the NBA, and Sports
Illustrated considered it the third-best NBA rivalry.^[1] Prior to the 1997
NBA Playoffs, no two NBA teams had ever met in the playoffs for four
consecutive seasons, with each series going to the maximum possible number
of games. The aggressive nature of those four series, defensive struggles
marked by numerous foul calls, and intensely physical play, can be traced
to the highly defensive style of Pat Riley


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