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Heat looking for fourth trip to Finals

NBA Preseason

Miami Heat forward LeBron James goes for a dunk during the first half of a National Basketball Association preseason game on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Washington.

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MIAMI — Anytime an NBA franchise is trying to do something only previously done by the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, that’s rarefied air.
That’s what the Miami Heat are trying to reach this season.
After going to the NBA Finals in each of the past three seasons — winning the last two titles — the Heat now aim to join an exclusive club. Only the Celtics, from 1957-66 and again from 1984-87, and the Lakers, from 1982-85, have made at least four consecutive trips to the championship series.
“It would mean everything, man,” said Heat forward LeBron James. “First ...


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