MIAMI survived Utah’s hot shooting as the Heat squeaked past the Jazz, 111-110, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Miami held a 105-96 lead with 5:28 remaining, before Joe Johnson’s fourth triple in the game capped a 12-3 run by Utah to get the deficit down to one, 109-108, at the two minute mark. James Johnson then slammed home the Heat’s final basket before Gordon Hayward’s jumper sealed the score as the Utah swingman missed on a potential game-winner at the buzzer.
Utah, owners of the league’s best defense, turned it up on the other side of the court, shooting 54.8 percent from the field and knocking down 17 triples on a 56.7 percent clip. But it was not enough to beat Miami, even with Hayward’s second straight game of scoring at least 30 points.
Goran Dragic led Miami with 27 points, while Johnson and Wayne Ellington added 24 and 17, respectively, off the Heat bench.
Hayward had a season-high 32 while Johnson chipped in 18. Joe Ingles and Trey Lyles contributed 15 and 14 markers, respectively, off the bench, but Utah saw its four-game win run snapped and fell to 11-9.