In the Heat's spread offense, Shane Battier is a receiver being covered night after night by a defensive end.

In basic football terms, that's the crux of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's offense, which was inspired in part by the offensive philosophy of University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly, who runs a wide-open spread offense.

Last season, the offense experienced fits and starts throughout the regular season and playoffs until Battier was moved into the starting lineup and Chris Bosh, another mismatch problem, was made the team's center.

Now, 11 games into the new season, the "spread offense/positionless basketball/whatever you want to cal it" is thriving and Battier and Bosh are the system's biggest beneficiaries.

Battier is shooting 47.1 percent from three-point range (24-51) while Bosh is enjoying his best season with the Heat. He's averaging 19.6 points per game while shooting 55.2 percent from the field.

On Thursday in the Heat's 98-93 victory over the Nuggets, the Battier-Bosh combination went for 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Battier was 6 of 7 from three-point range, and Bosh shot 50 percent from the field.

On Saturday, a 97-88 victory over the Suns, Battier and Bosh combined to score 36 points. Bosh led the Heat with 24 points, going 9 of 11 from the field while Battier was 4 of 8 from three-point range for 12 points.

"We are small, but we're one of the best teams in the league, the defending champs, and we carry that with us everyday," Bosh said.