NBA Game Summary - Miami at Utah
(Wednesday, December 8th)
Final Score: Miami 111, Utah 98
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - LeBron James poured in 33 points, dished out nine assists and pulled down seven rebounds, as the Miami Heat stayed hot with an 111-98 victory over the Utah Jazz from EnergySolutions Arena.
Dwyane Wade added 28 points for the Heat, who have won six in a row and seven of eight overall. Zydrunas Ilgauskas tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Bosh donated 14 points and nine boards for the victors.
"Definitely a great team win for us," James said. "Great role win verse a very, very good team. Not only in the Western Conference but the whole league. It was a good team effort by us."
Al Jefferson had 25 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Jazz, who had won eight of nine coming in. Deron Williams chipped in with 21 points and 12 assists for Utah, which got 18 points from Paul Millsap.
Holding an 82-81 lead early in the fourth, Miami put together a 14-2 run to create some distance. James Jones and Wade got the burst started with a pair of three-pointers to give the Heat an 88-81 edge.
Wade made a three-pointer and Mario Chalmers was good on a layup to make it a 94-83 game with 6:36 to play.
Williams' three-point play two minutes later cut the deficit to 96-90, but Miami responded with six straight points. Bosh's short jumper was followed by a pair of baskets from James to make it a 102-90 contest with 2:45 to go.
The Jazz never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
"I don't think we (handled him) at all, he got 33 points, nine assists and seven rebounds," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said of James. "He's a great player and it looked like at times we were intimidated by him and Wade. I wish we would have got up and got after him like they were getting after us."
Miami held a 28-27 lead after 12 minutes of action, and took a 56-50 margin into the locker room.
The Heat started the second half on an 8-2 flurry to take a 12-point advantage. Ilgauskas tallied six points during the surge, which Wade capped with a slam for a 64-52 edge.
Utah used an ensuing 12-2 run to get back in the game. Andrei Kirilenko's three-point play cut the deficit to 66-64 with 6:18 left in the third. The Jazz scored the final four points of the period to take a 78-77 lead into the fourth.
The Jazz beat Miami in overtime on November 9...Utah center Kyrylo Fesenko (ankle) missed the game...Utah fell to 3-2 on a six-game homestand, which wraps up on Friday against Orlando...Miami went 9-of-20 from beyond the arc, while the Jazz made 1-of-14 shots from three-point range...Kirilenko had 13 points.
12/09 00:46:18 ET