There is emphasis on the team aspect of that sentence because that’s exactly how the South Beach squad was able to conquer the defending champs—team basketball.
Miami won, 106-85.
Even more impressive was that the Heat did not even come close to faltering down the stretch and saved their most impressive performance for the fourth quarter, scoring 26 points and holding the Mavs to just 13.
Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki gave rightful props to the smothering defense of the Miami athletes as the reason for his team's defeat, according to the Associated Press staff.
You have to give them credit. They stepped up their pressure on both ends of the floor. In the first half, everything came a little too easy for us. We got some good looks, got some rolls, had everything going. Then they really picked up their pressure and we didn't have many good looks.
Dirk played decently well, scoring 25 points and grabbing six rebounds, but it was not nearly enough and his supporting cast was severely undermanned.
If Miami can keep playing like this throughout the postseason, it just seems unlikely anyone will be able to beat them.
Most teams focus on attacking the paint and stopping LBJ and Wade when they face the Heat, but now that they have a team defense going and a number of other options that are a threat to score, they look downright invincible.