Fans gather up pots and pans to celebrate Heat’s trip to NBA Finals

WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – It didn’t take long for Miami Heat fans to get out their pots and pans and take to the streets in West Miami-Dade.

In cars, in trucks and on foot, they came out Sunday night to celebrate their team heading into the NBA Finals.

A legendary gathering place and the spot that every Heat fan knows is in front of La Carreta, where they ride down Bird Road and past the restaurant in the 8600 block of Bird Road, is tradition.

Because of the pandemic, Sunday night was more caravan than street crowd but there were fans lining the streets and, of course, plenty of cazuelas, another Miami tradition (Spanish for cooking pot), over the Heat’s win.

“What’s it like celebrating now? I’m real mad I can’t be at the arena (for the games),” one fan said.

Miami Heat fans live it up, celebrating in the streets after Sunday night's win, which set up a date with LeBron James and the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

The Heat outmuscled the Boston Celtics, 125-113, in Game 6 on Sunday night, clinching their sixth trip to the league’s championship series in franchise history.

It’s the team’s first trip to the Finals since 2014.

“Nobody expected them to go this far,” another fan said. “In terms of talent, player for player, they weren’t supposed to beat Boston, they were not supposed to beat Milwaukee. Here they are in the Finals, and I think they can win.”

Game 1 against the Lakers and the Heat in the NBA finals starts Wednesday night at 9 p.m. broadcast on Local 10.

To see the full NBA Finals schedule, click here.

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About the Authors:

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true-crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.