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Wednesday, December 23rd (All times eastern)

Utah Jazz (16-12) at Miami Heat (13-12), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat should be glad to the Utah Jazz are on the schedule, as they welcome Deron Williams and Company to south Florida tonight for a showdown at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat have won three straight and 10 of the previous 11 meetings with Utah, which is winless in its last six trips to Miami.

Winners of just four of their last 11 games, the Heat will wrap up a six-game homestand Wednesday and are 2-3 on the residency. In a 102-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, superstar Dwyane Wade recorded 28 points and 10 assists, while Quentin Richardson went a perfect 7-of-7 from beyond the arc on his way to 22 points.

Michael Beasley tallied 17 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which had a two-game win streak snapped and fell to 8-8 as the host.

"They were shot makers tonight. Clearly they came out with sharpness. The shooters were ready. It seems like all them were dialed in right after their tough loss last night at Orlando," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Utah will close out a five-game road trip this evening and has alternated wins and losses over its previous six contests. It dropped to 2-2 on the road swing following Monday's 104-99 loss at Orlando, as Williams chipped in 18 points and 12 assists in defeat.

Paul Millsap netted 20 points, while Carlos Boozer scored 17 for the Jazz, who are 5-8 away from Salt Lake City this season and three games off the top mark in the Northwest Division standings.

"We never put the ball on the floor and did anything. We just kept looking for threes," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. "You've got to try and take something to get to the free throw line."

In injury news for Sloan's squad, Williams is probable for Wednesday's game against Miami with a swollen thumb.

12/23 10:31:58 ET


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