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Utah Jazz hit by a Heat wave

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 6:55 a.m. MDT

Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Price (17) fouls Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.  (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press) Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Price (17) fouls Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — This time, there were no miracle shots.

Not enough Millsap mania. No magical Utah comeback — or at least one that stuck.

Nary a Miami meltdown, either.

Plenty of attitude, though.

"You could tell they had a chip on their shoulder coming into the game," said Jazz forward Paul Millsap, the hero of Utah's Round 1 win over the Heat a month ago. "They got up in us and played."

And won impressively, too.

Much-improved Miami avenged last month's embarrassing loss to the Jazz — a devastating defeat in which the Heat blew a 22-point lead and wasted a LeBron James triple-double — by running away with a 111-98 win Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives toward the basket against Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.  (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press) Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives toward the basket against Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press)

"It was a complete team effort. Everybody from the starters to the bench," James said. "Everybody contributed to tonight's win. ... (And) when you go into a building like this, a hostile environment with a team that's very good, great in this building, it's always good to get a win like this."

Much to the chagrin of the Jazz and their fans, Miami did that with an ample supply of Dwyane Wade and an awful lot of James highlights as the aptly named Heat won their sixth straight.

But James' huge outing of 33 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Wade's strong second half and 28-point night were to be expected.

What really hurt the Jazz, who fell for the second time in three games at home, was way too much Zydrunas Ilgauskas for Utah's liking.

And a lack of rebounding.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts to a fouls called against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.  (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press) Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts to a fouls called against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press)

And a fourth-quarter flop by the home team.

And not enough energy or oomph left for one last riveting rally.

Big Z scored all 14 of his points in the second half, helping Miami build a 12-point lead early in the third quarter.

But Utah, as it so often does, fought back from that deficit and even took a 78-77 lead into the fourth quarter.

After that, however, the Jazz did what they've yet to do in 10 previous situations this season — lose a game after being up after three periods.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by James Jones and Wade seemed to re-ignite the Heat, who used a 12-2 run to go ahead 94-83 and seize control of the game midway through the final period.

"We folded a little bit," Millsap admitted.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) puts a shot up against Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.  (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press) Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) puts a shot up against Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press)

That might have been evident by the Heat's 42-28 rebounding advantage, which included 15 offensive boards that resulted in 24 points.

It was also clear by how Miami outscored a normally strong-finishing Utah team 34-20 in the final 12 minutes.

Quite the stark difference from the 42-point fourth quarter the Jazz had in Miami last month in their crazy 116-114 overtime victory.

"They pushed us out on the floor and didn't give us the kind of shots that we like to get," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "When we executed and moved the ball fairly well we got decent shots, but the rest of the time we didn't have that."

Sloan also thought his team was a bit soft on James, who exploded for a season-high 22 points in the first half to set the tone for this game.

"He's a great player," Sloan said. "We were a little bit intimidated by him, the way he played. We were afraid to get up and get after him like they get up and get after us."

Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams (8) questions a call with official Mark Lindsay, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.   (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press) Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams (8) questions a call with official Mark Lindsay, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press)

Utah's late-game meltdown spoiled an otherwise solid offensive night from the Jazz starters.

Al Jefferson bounced back from his two-point dud — and crunch-time benching — in Miami with a very strong 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Williams finished with 21 points and 12 assists, Andrei Kirilenko had 13 points, Raja Bell chipped in with 11 and Millsap contributed with 18 points, which was 28 less than he had in his career-night in Miami a month ago.

"They've got some great players," Sloan added. "You've got to be able to try to deal with them. I didn't think we dealt with them quite as much as I thought we would, but that's life."

The loss dropped the Jazz to 16-7 as they fell for the first time when all five starters hit double figures. Miami improved to 15-8.

"Every time you lose it's disappointing," Jefferson said. "We just have to put it behind us and get ready for Friday."

Miami Heat forward LeBron James heads upcourt after picking up a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.  (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press) Miami Heat forward LeBron James heads upcourt after picking up a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (Steve C. Wilson, Associated Press)

That's when another team that has a score it'd like to settle with Utah comes to town. Similar to the Heat, the Magic saw their 18-point lead vanish in a loss to the Jazz last month.

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