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2004–05 Miami Heat season

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Head coach  Stan Van Gundy
Record  59–23 (.720)
Arena  American Airlines Arena
Place  Division: 1st (Southeast) Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish  Conference Finals (Eliminated 3-4)
Television  Sunshine Network/Sun Sports

The 2004–05 season was the 17th season of the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Heat entered the season with high expectations following the acquisition of Superstar center Shaquille O'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers and finished in first place in both their division and Conference. The 59–23 season record was the franchise best since 1996–97. The Heat were eventually eliminated in seven games during the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2005 NBA Playoffs by the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons. Following the season, Steve Smith retired.


Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal were selected to play in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game. This was Wade's first All-Star Game appearance.

Key dates

  • June 24 - The 2004 NBA Draft took place in New York City.
  • July 8 - The free agency period started.
  • October 5 - The Heat played their first preseason game on the road against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
  • October 27 - The Heat's regular season began with an away game versus the New Jersey Nets at the Continental Airlines Arena.
  • Additions


  • Rasual Butler
  • Signings:

  • Michael Doleac (from Denver)
  • Keyon Dooling (from L.A. Clippers)
  • Damon Jones (from Milwaukee)
  • Christian Laettner (from Golden State)
  • Wesley Person (from Atlanta)
  • Trades:

  • Shaquille O'Neal (from L.A. Lakers)
  • Subtractions

    Free agents:

  • Rafer Alston (to Toronto)
  • Samaki Walker (to Washington)
  • Trades:

  • Caron Butler (to L.A. Lakers)
  • Brian Grant (to L.A. Lakers)
  • Lamar Odom (to L.A. Lakers)
  • Expansion draft:

  • Loren Woods (to Charlotte)
  • Playoffs

    Heat clinched a 1st seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2005 NBA Playoffs.

    Game log

    Template:2005 Miami Heat playoffs game log

    Player statistics

    Bold designates team leader.


    Bold designates team leader.


    Shaquielle O'Neal from L.A. Lakers


    2004–05 Miami Heat season Wikipedia

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