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Heat's stingy defense best in playoffs

The Heat's defense has allowed the fewest number of points per game this postseason (83.9), and on Monday nearly set a franchise record for fewest points by an opponent in a playoff game.

With the Bulls running on empty in Game 4, the Heat held Chicago to 65 points, which ranked as the third fewest points by an opponent in a playoff game in franchise history. The record is 63 set by New Orleans in 2004.

The Heat's opponents have contributed to the low numbers, obviously. Miami has had arguably the easiest road through the playoffs of any other team. But the Heat's defense has adjusted well to its opponents and individual matchups in its first two playoff series. A few examples:

-Monta Ellis scored 22 points in Game 1 against the Heat, only to produce back-to-back seven-point performances in Games 2 and 3.

-Brandon Jennings averaged 21.4 percent from three-point range in four games against the Heat and averaged 13.3 points per game. In the regular season, Jennings averaged 23.8 points per game against the Heat.

-Ersan Ilyasova, always a problem for the Heat, scored two points in Game 1 of the first round.

-After scoring 27 points in Game 1 of the second round, Bulls guard Nate Robinson managed just 28 points over the next two. In Game 4, Robinson went 0 of 12, which was a historically poor effort for a playoff game. Since 1991-92, only one other player has attempted more field goals without making a shot. Ray Allen went 0 of 13 against the Lakers in 2010.

-Carlos Boozer mostly has been a non-factor in the second round. After averaging, 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds against the Nets, Boozer has averaged 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds against the Heat.

-While Dwyane Wade has struggled offensively, he's been getting it done on the defensive end. In Round 2, Wade has a plus/minus of 12.5, which is the best on the team. Defensive stalwart Shane Battier has a plus/minus of 12.3.

-Chris Bosh is leading the Heat in rebounds with 9.0 per game.

-Both Bosh and Chris Andersen are averaging 2.3 blocks per game in the second round.


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