NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 14th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (41-24) at Miami Heat (35-29), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz resume a five-game road trip in South Beach Saturday hoping to bounce back from their first loss in over a month when they face the Miami Heat.
The Jazz, who are tied atop the Northwest Division with the Portland Trail Blazers, lost for the first time since February 8 on Wednesday in Atlanta when Joe Johnson poured in 31 points and doled out nine assists to help the Hawks halt Utah's 12-game winning streak with a 100-93 victory.
Ronnie Brewer, who left the game with a lip laceration in the third quarter but came back to play in the fourth, totaled 14 points for the Jazz, who were on their longest winning streak since ripping off 14 victories in a row from January 7-February 1 of the 1994-95 campaign.
Deron Williams gave 20 points and nine helpers, while Paul Millsap scored 16 and Carlos Boozer 13 in the setback.
Utah, which is 2-1 on their current trip and 13-18 overall on the road, will finish its trip with a visit to Orlando on Sunday.
The Heat, meanwhile, improved to 2-0 on a three-game homestand Wednesday when MVP candidate Dwyane Wade deposited 32 points to lead Miami to a 107-99 victory over the defending champion Boston Celtics.
The league's leading scorer, Wade hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer of double overtime in the team's win over Chicago on Monday, but the Heat were able to win this one in regulation. His three-pointer in the final minute Wednesday sealed Miami's fourth win in five games.
The All-star also surpassed his own franchise record by scoring in double digits for the 79th straight game and tied the team mark with his 20th consecutive game scoring at least 20 points.
Wade also added seven assists in the win, while Jamario Moon added 13 points and eight boards, as Miami snapped a six-game losing streak to the Celtics and improved to 23-11 in South Beach. Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points, and Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers and Daequan Cook each had 10 in the win.
Miami, which currently holds the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, has dominated this series recently winning two straight and nine of the past 10 meetings between the two clubs, including a 93-89 win in Salt Lake City earlier this season.
The Jazz have also lost in their last five visits to South Beach.
03/14 10:29:56 ET