They lead the league in steals per game and forcing turnovers. Both of their opponents at home have shot less than 39 percent from the field.

No, it's not the usually defensive-minded San Antonio Spurs, it's the Miami Heat.

On Friday, the Heat look for their first road victory of the season and first win in San Antonio in nearly 12 years.

Miami improved to 2-0 at home on Wednesday with a 106-83 victory over Philadelphia. The Heat, who had 12 of their season-high 18 steals in the first half, were led by rookie Mario Chalmers' franchise-record nine steals.

"Anytime we get a steal and a fast break, it's going to be an easy layup," said Chalmers, who leads the NBA with 3.8 steals per game.

Miami (2-2) had a 21-8 advantage in fast-break points, and a 32-10 edge in points off turnovers.

The Heat lead the NBA with 11.8 steals per game, but face a Spurs squad that averages a league-low 10 turnovers.

Dwyane Wade, who's averaging 25.7 points in seven career games against San Antonio (1-3), scored a season-high 29 points and had seven rebounds and six assists against the 76ers. He also recorded three blocks and five steals as the Heat forced 26 turnovers for the second time in two home games.

Miami has forced its opponents into an NBA-high 22.0 turnovers per game.

"We want to make this a place where teams don't want to come," Heat first-year coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And we want to bring the fans back. This place can be an electric building when you win and play hard and compete and show the energy and effort here at home, something clearly we did not have last year."

Winning consecutive games for the first time this season won't be easy for the Heat, who are 1-20 all-time at San Antonio. Miami has lost 10 straight there since a 90-79 victory on Dec. 23, 1996, and has not reached 90 points in any of those losses.

San Antonio finally showed some energy on Wednesday after dropping its first three games of the season.

The Spurs' 129-125 double-overtime victory at Minnesota prevented the franchise's first 0-4 start in 35 years. Tony Parker scored a career-high 55 points on 22-of-36 from the field with seven rebounds and 10 assists.

"I just wanted to win so bad," said Parker, whose 20-footer at the buzzer sent the game into double overtime. "I was going to try to do everything I can. It's just one of those games. Everything you do, it works."

Parker leads the NBA with 33.3 points per game. His previous high was 38 points at Miami on Jan. 20, 2006 - a 101-94 San Antonio victory.

Tim Duncan had 30 points and 16 rebounds and Roger Mason scored 26 as the Spurs had their most points since a 129-89 victory over Golden State on Dec. 4, 2006.

San Antonio is averaging 101.8 points - up from 95.4 in 2007-08 - but is giving up 106.5 points per game, nearly 16 more than last season when it ranked third in the NBA.


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