NBA Game Summary - Miami at Utah
(Monday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Utah 110, Miami 101
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 15 rebounds and Deron Williams tallied 24 points with 15 assists to lead the Utah Jazz over the Miami Heat 110-101 at EnergySolutions Arena.
Mehmet Okur tallied a team-high 25 points for the Jazz, who won their third straight game on the day their legendary head coach received a one-year contract extension. During the game it was learned that Jerry Sloan and the Jazz agreed to an extension that will take him through next season, which will be his 21st with the team.
Ronnie Brewer added 17 points and Andrei Kirilenko recorded 10 points, nine assists and seven boards for Utah, which has won six of seven to improve to 13-5 this season.
Dwyane Wade had 26 points and 10 assists and Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points for the Heat, who stayed with the Jazz until a late Utah run did in Miami. Ricky Davis and Jason Williams each added 15 points and Alonzo Mourning had 13 points for Miami, which has lost three straight and eight of 11 to fall to 4-13 this year.
"I'm not frustrated," said Wade of the slow start. "I just want to turn it around. I understand, I've been a professional for five years so I understand that times are tough at times and you can't get down on your teammates, can't get down on yourself, just keep pushing."
Trailing 89-87 after Wade converted an alley-oop dunk with 5:51 left, the Jazz went on a 13-3 run to take the lead for good. Brewer's alley-oop during the run gave Utah the lead for good, and Kirilenko's jumper at the 2:03 mark capped the surge for a 100-92 cushion.
The lead extended to 103-94 after Okur drained a three-pointer with 1:19 left and the Heat drew only within 103-96 on a Daequan Cook dunk at the 1:09 mark before Utah pulled away for the win.
"We executed our offense pretty well and had a couple of breaks where we stopped them a time or two," said Sloan of the final minutes. "That's pretty much the ballgame."
Cook ended with 11 points for the Heat, who had a seven-game win streak over the Jazz halted. Utah beat Miami for the first time since January 15, 2004.
Miami led 32-31 after one quarter and carried a 53-52 edge into halftime.
Utah then used an 13-0 run in the third quarter to turn a 63-61 deficit into a 74-63 advantage. Williams scored five points during the surge, which was capped by a pair of Brewer free throws with 3:37 left.
The Heat refused to go away and answered by scoring the final eight points of the stanza to go into the fourth down just 74-71.
Each team shot better than 53 percent for the game, with Miami hitting 53.3 percent and Utah 53.8 percent...Utah hit 6-of-11 three-pointers, while Miami hit 5-of-12...The difference was at the free throw line, where Miami hit only 16-of-31 and Utah hit 20-of-28.
12/04 00:32:47 ET