The Denver Broncos ranked 15th in defensive rating this season, but they gave up the eighth-fewest points.
In the Finals, though, the Nuggets held the Heat to under 96 points in all four games.
As a result of this season's strange, intense MVP debate, Nikola Jokic was criticized for his defense all year.
According to advanced stats, Jokic is a good defender, but the eye test contradicts that.
This series showed how Jokic's long arms, strength in the lane, and quick hands can disrupt an opponent's offense.
Even when the Heat and Lakers targeted Murray individually, Jamal Murray provided surprisingly good defense.
Denver's defensive success was largely due to sharp personnel decisions.
Aaron Gordon was the first move two years ago, and he absolutely stifled Miami on the inside and outside.