Heat overtake Lakers in ESPN poll

Updated: June 6, 2014, 12:25 AM ET

In the last year the two-time defending champion Miami Heat have overtaken the Los Angeles Lakers as America's favorite NBA team, according to an ESPN Sports Poll.

The poll was administered over a 12-month period that ended in March. It tracks fan base sizes and fan base demographics for all major sports through a monthly telephone survey of 1,500 Americans ages 12 and older.

Overall, the poll shows that the Heat rank sixth overall among America's favorite teams -- three spots ahead ...

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