The NBA is issuing a counterfeit alert for Miami Heat gear as the team makes a run for its third straight world championship.

Here are a few tips to make sure you're buying authentic Heat merchandise:

-The item has a hologram sticker or holographic hangtag

-The item features an "official NBA merchandise" neck label

-Player and team names spelled correctly

-The tags are intact

-Current NBA and team logos and colors are featured

-Embroidery and screen printing are of good quality and in good condition

The best way to ensure that you're purchasing authentic Heat and NBA merchandise is by purchasing gear at official team and NBA stores and NBA-approved outlets.