“Miami, toward the end of the third quarter, turned it up defensively and I’m particularly disappointed in how we responded,” Bickerstaff said. “We had Rod [Strickland] and we had Mitch [Richmond] going to the basket and they were basically tattooing us. On the other end, we did not protect our teammates. . . . That is the disappointment.

“When we played Miami in the past we stood up to them. We have to stand up.”