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.

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Conference Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Division Central Division Southeast Division
Founded 1966 1988
Arena United Center American Airlines Arena
City Chicago, Illinois Miami, Florida
Team colors Red, Black, White Black, Deep Red, White, Orange
History Chicago Bulls (1966–present) Miami Heat (1988–present)
Head coach Tom Thibodeau Erik Spoelstra
Championships 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) 3 (2006, 2012, 2013)
General manager Gar Forman Pat Riley
Conference titles 6 Eastern (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) 4 (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Owner Jerry Reinsdorf Micky Arison
Introduction (from Wikipedia) The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. They play their home games at the United Center. The Miami Heat are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Division titles 9: 1 Midwest (1975); 8 Central (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012) 10 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Retired numbers 4 (4, 10, 23, 33) 3 (10, 23, 33)
D-League affiliates Iowa Energy Sioux Falls Skyforce
Leagues they were members of NBA (1966-present) NBA (1988-present)

Early History

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.

Home Arena

The Heat play at American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida. It holds 19,600 people.

Division Titles

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.

Conference Titles

The Chicago Bulls hold 6 Conference titles: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Miami Heat hold three Conference Titles: 2006, 2011 and 2012.

NBA Championships

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.

Head-to-head stats for Miami Heat against the Chicago Bulls (as of April 26, 2013)

Star players

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.

Team value

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.


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