The spark behind the Heat’s best stretch of season? Elite defense. A look at what’s working.

The Miami Heat’s offense turned in its most efficient performance of the season in terms of offensive rating in Wednesday’s home win against the Toronto Raptors. But it’s the Heat’s defense that deserves most of the credit for its longest stretch of sustained success so far this season. After opening with a 7-14 record, the Heat has won four in a row and eight of its past 11 games. Miami has recorded the NBA’s second-best defensive rating, allowing 106.7 points per 100 possessions, during that 11-game stretch. The only team in the league that has been better than the Heat (15-17) on that end o…

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