While their offense has been up to the task, the Miami Heat's defense hasn't been close to championship form.
The Denver Nuggets have similar concerns defensively with the NBA's highest-scoring team coming to town Thursday night.
After finishing fourth in the league in scoring defense at 92.5 points per game during their 2011-12 championship season, Miami (6-3) ranks near the bottom at 101.0 points per game allowed through nine contests.
The Heat allowed just 16 of 66 opponents to reach 100 points last season, but have already let six teams surpass the century mark thus far.
Miami fell to 2-2 on its current six-game road trip following a 107-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. The Heat, who have lost 10 straight at Denver, now must deal with a Nuggets team which ranks fifth in the Western Conference in scoring at 99.1 points per game.
''We have some good moments, but we have to put a full game together on the road," Dwyane Wade said. &quo...