The Miami Heat Defense Fueling Its Recent Surge Up the NBA Standings

April 5th, 2010 by Allen Levin Leave a reply »
The Miami Heat are the NBA's hottest team right now, having won 14 out of its last 17 games and they currently own the league's longest winning streak at eight victories in a row.

They had a stellar month of March, only dropping three games, which enabled them to climb all the way up the standings and regain the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

They had crucial wins over the Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks, who they overcame in the standings to get back to the fifth spot.

In addition, Miami has won six straight road games, which is their longest streak in three years. They sit nine games over the .500 mark at 43-34, which is also their best record since 2007.

The Heat are playing their best ball of the season at the right time with only five games remaining and the team in the thick of the playoff race, holding a slim half game lead over the Bucks and a 2.5 game lead over the seventh-seeded Bobcats.

Miami's recent surge is a product of their fierce defense that ranks best in the league in most categories.

Second-year head coach Erik Spolestra has instilled a strong sense of defensive prowess in his ...

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