On This Date in NBA History: June 2, The 2006 Heat Won Eastern Conference Finals

May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat players LeBron James (middle) and Dwyane Wade (right) lead their coaches and teammates in celebration during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

2006 – In a 95-78 Miami Heat victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat moved on to the franchise’s first NBA Finals. In this contest, Pistons guard Richard Hamilton scored a game-high 33 points, but Detroit shot only 33 percent from the field compared to Miami’s 56-percent shooting. Shaquille O’Neal put up a team-high 28 points and 16 rebounds.

On Saturday night, O’Neal finished his final TNT telecast for the 2013-14 season. Meanwhile, former teammate Dwyane Wade is on his way to his fourth consecutive Finals. He and LeBron James are looking to bring the Miami Heat franchise its fourth Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. The first came in 2006.

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