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As the Miami Heat slaughtered another mediocre team in the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, the team has moved its record against squads with losing marks to 10-1. Miami has famously had trouble against teams at .500 or better, going just 2-7 to date.
But as the Lakers have shown this week, it's not a unique problem. The Lakers are now 11-2 against teams under .500 and 2-4 against teams at or above .500. This is not surprising. It's completely logical that most good or great teams will do better against bad opponents than good or great ones. Yet for Miami, it has become a specific dig, that the Heat will beat up on lesser foes (see: the Cleveland game, and the ones against Detroit and Washington before that) and crumble at the feet of its peers.
Have any of the NBA's contenders done especially well against the league's best? San Antonio is 7-2 against good teams, and 8-1 against bad teams. The Celtics are 6-2 against good teams and 8-2 against the bad. The Magic are 5-3 against good teams and 9-1 against the bad. The Hornets are 4-4 against good teams and 9-1 against bad teams. The Mavericks are 6-3 against good teams and 8-1 against the bad. The Jazz are 7-4 against good teams and 8-1 against the bad.