The rivalry between six-time NBA champions Chicago Bulls and two-time champions Miami Heat, who both play in the Eastern Conference, first began in the 1990s but intensified after 2005. The two teams have faced each other in the NBA playoffs 6 times, with the Bulls winning in 1992, 1996, 1997 and 2007 and the Heat defeating the Bulls in 2006 and 2011. The two teams have played 118 games so far, with Bulls winning 68 of them. In the playoffs, the record is 17-9 in favor of the Bulls.
Since their founding in 1966, the Chicago Bulls have won six NBA Championships, and they are the only team in NBA history to win 70 or more games in a single season. They play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference of the NBA. Miami Heat, a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, have won two NBA championship since their founding in 1988, but are currently among the strongest teams in the NBA.
The Bulls were the first NBA franchise in Chicago, after the Packers-Zephyrs and the Stags. The team started playing in the 1966-67 season and had the best record by an expansion team in NBA history.
Before 1987, Florida did not have an NBA Francise. Several groups vied for the chance to establish a franchise, and The Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority eventually received financial backing from Carnival Cruise Lines founder Ted Arison to found Miami Heat. The Heat joined the NBA in the 1988-9 season, and had an unproductive first year, losing its first 17 games. They rose to prominence beginning in 1995, when Pat Riley became their coach, moving from the New York Knicks.
The Heat play at American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida. It holds 19,600 people.
The Chicago Bulls have won 9 Division Titles, 1 Midwest in 1975, and 8 Central, in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011 and 2012.
Miami Heat have won 9 Division Titles: in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.
The Chicago Bulls hold 6 Conference titles: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Miami Heat hold three Conference Titles: 2006, 2011 and 2012.
The Chicago Bulls have won 6 NBA championships, in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Miami Heat have won the championships thrice: once in 2006, once in 2012, and again in 2013.
Head-to-head stats: Bulls vs Heat
The Bulls and Heat first met in the first round of the 1992 NBA Playoffs, when the Bulls won. Heat were eliminated again in 1996 and 1997. The teams’ rivalry has renewed in recent years, and often includes rough plays and hard fouls. In total, they have played 117 games against one another, including 91 regular season games and 26 playoff games. The Bulls won 51 regular season games, while Heat won 40. In the 26 playoff games, the Bulls won 17, while Heat won 9.
The Bulls have had eight Hall of Famers: Nate Thurmond, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Robert Parish, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Chet Walter. More recent star players include Derrick Rose.
The Heat have had one Hall of Famer: point guard Nick Nelson. Their current roster includes LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
According to Forbes, the Bulls are the 3rd most valuable team in the NBA, worth $800 million and earning $34.2 million in income in 2012. The Heat are the 7th most valuable basketball team, worth $425 million.