NBA regular season

Late Jazz run not enough to overcome Heat

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Late Jazz run not enough to overcome Heat

BIG RUN. Jazz star Donovan Mitchell (left) tries to steal the ball away from Heat guard Duncan Robinson.

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The Heat show plenty of firepower, stopping a late 18-point run by the Jazz to snap a three-game skid

Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Kyle Lowry each scored more than 20 points and the Miami Heat survived a furious late rally to snap a three-game losing streak with a 111-105 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City Saturday, November 13 (Sunday, November 14, Manila time) 

Herro saved the day for Miami, ending a late 18-point run by the Jazz by hitting two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to give the Heat their final six-point margin.

Herro finished with 27 points. Robinson drained 6-of-11 three-pointers for 22 points, and Lowry added 21 points.

All five Heat starters ended up in double figures, including a double-double from PJ Tucker (13 points, 11 rebounds) and a 13-point, 7-rebound, 7-assist outing by Bam Abadayo.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 of his team-high 26 points in the second half for the Jazz and played a key role in Utah’s comeback effort. Jordan Clarkson also had a big game with 25 points.

Donovan Mitchell didn’t score for the first quarter-and-a-half, but finished with 22 points for Utah, while Rudy Gobert scored 14 with 13 rebounds.

Miami earned the win despite playing without Jimmy Butler, who missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle, and Markieff Morris (whiplash).

Despite the absence of the two key contributors, the Heat still had plenty of firepower, jumping out to an early 16-point lead and then blowing up in the third quarter when Herro, Lowry, and Robinson combined for 26 points.

Miami outscored Utah 37-21 in that period to take a commanding 95-69 lead after three.

Not unexpectedly, the Jazz made a late push to make things interesting.

Lowry hit two free throws with 4:31 remaining to give Miami a seemingly safe 109-87 lead. Similar to what happened a week previously, when the Jazz rallied late before losing to the Heat, Utah scored 18 consecutive points to pull within four points with 14.5 seconds remaining.

Utah has now dropped four of five games, including two losses to Miami in a week. – Rappler.com