The Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks on the heels of a 39-point outburst from LeBron James and a record-high eight steals from Dwyane Wade. Although the defense from the Heat allowed the Mavericks to shoot 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc, the 19 steals the Heat generated led to 14 fast break points, which was the ultimate tipping point in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Even with a 6-3 record in this new 2013 NBA season, the Heat have scored 100 points or more in nine consecutive games, which is a franchise record. By touting the league’s no. 1 offense, ranking first in assists per game and fourth in points per game, the Heat have arguably the greatest offensive unit in franchise history.
The transition this team has made since Chris Bosh, Wade and James came together is pretty astounding. All three players have had to adjust their respective games drastically in order to create this destructive offensive force on the court.
Although the defense hasn’t been stellar, it will begin to sharpen as the season progresses. The Heat should just try and ride this offensive output as long as they can. There have also been heavy offensive contributions outside of the Heat’s Big Three, especially from recently-signed Michael Beasley and 15-year veteran Rashard Lewis, which is a sign of just how deep this team truly is.
Once the Heat’s defense rounds into championship-caliber form, the league better watch out.