The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, and competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The team was launched in 1988 and played in the 1988–89 season of the NBA. The Heat has won three NBA championships, in 2006, 2012, and 2013. The team's home games are played at Kaseya Center. The Miami Heat began their early years with much mediocrity, only making the playoffs twice in their first eight years and falling in the first round both times. However, the Heat underwent a dramatic turnaround in the 1996–97 season, improving to a 61–21 record – a franchise record at the time, and currently second-best in team history. The team achieved their first two series victories in the playoffs, making it to the conference finals against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls before losing in five games. The Heat bounced back during the 2021–22 season, finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2013. Miami defeated their first-round opponents, the Atlanta Hawks, in five games, and then won three straight games against the Boston Celtics to advance to the conference finals. However, the team lost a seven-game conference finals series to the Boston Celtics.