Despite over two dozen lead changes and entering the final quarter knotted at 88, the Miami Heat were unable to close the door on the Utah Jazz Saturday, losing 117-109 inside Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It was a dismal shooting performance for both teams, though two late 3-pointers from Keyonte George and Lauri Markkanen with less than three minutes left all but sealed the Heat’s fate. Miami shot 43.6 percent from the floor, but converted on just nine of their 31 3-point attempts. Conversely, the Jazz shot 46.2 percent, but finished 11-of-41 (26.9 percent) from deep after beginning 4-of-28.
Bam Adebayo led all scorers with 28 points, hauling in 16 rebounds with three assists, three steals and three blocks. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor and took half (20) of the Heat’s 40 free throws, converting on 14 of them. Tyler Herro finished with 25 points on 9-of-22 from the floor. Jimmy Butler only played 23 minutes before exiting with a foot injury and Haywood Highsmith played 26 minutes before exiting with an injury late in the final period.
Kevin Love and Duncan Robinson were the Heat’s only two double figures corers, tallying 12 and 11 points, respectively. Collin Sexton led Utah with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, though George–who nailed five of Utah’s 11 3s–finished with 21 points in 27 minutes off the bench, in addition to six rebounds and a pair of assists.
Lauri Markkanen battled foul trouble, finishing with 12 points in 26 minutes; Simone Fontecchio had 12 points with seven boards in 31 minutes; former Heat forward Kelly Olynyk dazzled with 19 points, six rebounds and 10 assists; Walker Kessler and John Collins finished with 10 points apiece.
As a result of Saturday’s loss, the Heat, who were the first team to 10 road wins this season, drop to 19-13 this season while Utah–coming off a long road trip–improves to 14-19. Miami will continue this five-game road trip Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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