NBA Game Summary - Utah at Miami
(Friday, November 19th)
Final Score: Miami 107, Utah 105 (OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade rattled in a jumper at the overtime buzzer, lifting the Miami Heat to a 107-105 victory over the Utah Jazz at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade poured in a career-high 39 points, including the final six for Miami in overtime. His baseline jumper gave the Heat a 105-103 lead with just 10.8 second remaining, but the last of a series of bad Miami fouls led to Utah's Carlos Arroyo making a pair of game-tying free throws at the other end.
No matter, as Wade calmly held the ball at the point on the final play before letting fly a 20-foot jumper that rattled around the rim before falling.
"I watched the ball play with my emotions as it went in and out of the basket," Wade said.
Shaquille O'Neal added 22 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. He scored five straight points early in the extra stanza for the Heat, who have won three of four.
"That was a heck of a game," O'Neal said. "Dwyane told me he was going to make the final shot, so I knew he would make it."
Carlos Boozer scored 25 with nine rebounds to lead the Jazz, losers of two straight and three of their last five. Arroyo was the star down the stretch, keeping Utah in the game by scoring 10 of his 18 points in overtime.
O'Neal fouled out of the game with 1:19 left in the extra stanza, sending Arroyo to the line for a pair of free throws that got Utah within 101-99. Another costly foul by Miami led to two more Arroyo foul shots that tied it at 103-103 with 29.2 remaining.
"I stepped up and made some free throws," Arroyo said. "We needed to score and we found it at the free throw line."
The Jazz were 44-of-52 from the free throw line, setting a Miami opponent record for most foul shots made in a game. Their performance at the stripe was the main reason for their 66-59 lead at the end of the third quarter.
"I thought we should have won the game in regulation," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
But Wade scored 17 points in the fourth to get Miami back in the game, and the Heat came back to take their first lead since the end of the opening quarter when Eddie Jones drained a three-pointer to make it 79-77 with 3:28 remaining.
Miami trailed by two with just 4.5 seconds left in regulation after Arroyo's free throws made it 90-88, but Wade was fouled at the other with a second left. He made both to send the game into overtime.
"The free throws to tie the game were much harder than the final shot," Wade said. "I missed a couple earlier, but I had the confidence that I could step up and hit those shots."
The first half was close throughout, with Utah holding the largest lead at 30-23 when Raja Bell nailed a three midway through the second quarter.
Utah then carried a 40-39 edge into the locker room at halftime despite shooting just 32 percent from the floor. Miami made 38 percent of its first half shots.
The Jazz were shooting just 37 percent and had committed 13 turnovers through three quarters, but they led 66-59 heading into the fourth. Meanwhile, Miami was hitting on 40 percent of its shots with just four giveaways.
The difference came at the free throw line, where the Jazz were 9-of-10 in the third quarter alone. The Heat went to the stripe just four times in third, and made only one of those shots.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. His first block of the game came against O'Neal early in the first quarter...Jones ended with 17 points...The Jazz are still 26-10 against Miami all-time.
11/20 01:14:43 ET