Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/12/12
HOUSTON -- Even with a collection of ballyhooed offensive stars, the Miami Heat earned the 2011-12 NBA title by mustering exceptional defensive intensity during the regular season and ratcheting it up in the playoffs. So far this season, however, the Heat's defense hardly could be considered passable. Miami is ranked second in offensive efficiency for a reason, though, and its quality on that end of the court Monday night overcame the team's defensive woes in a dramatic 113-110 victory over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Once ahead by 17, the Heat (6-2) trailed by eight early in the fourth quarter before clawing back behind the brilliance of LeBron James. "How did anybody ever question him looking back on it now in big moments," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "This guy is the ultimate competitor. He gets absolutely amplified in these situations, and you can see him coming to life. He's done it over and over again. We don't take it for granted. "He's the best player...
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