Utah Jazz edge Miami Heat, LeBron James in final seconds to win 99-98

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  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    March 3, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    OREM, UT

    If the second unit was keeping us in the game, explain how we blew a 15 point lead in the 4th quarter.

    I'm not saying the 2nd unit doesn't do good things or that they are always left in too long. I'm just saying that the past number of games they have performed poorly when inserted as a whole unit in the 2nd half and that it cost us a number of games we should have won ie New York, San Antonio, Minnesota and almost tonight.

    I'll say again that Devin Harris was having a really special night and we underutilized this when we had him sitting on the bench for an entire quarter in the 2nd half.

    Gordon Hayward had an amazing 3rd quarter but was also put on the bench for a full quarter with Miles instead who did do much with the time.

    Yes guys need to rest but both these guys were taken out when they were in full momentum and Corbin just let the air out of them when we should have been blowing out the best team in the country.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 3, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    CJ and Harris want out. For that reason they are playing better basketball. You can't blame CJ for wanting out. When he gets his minutes and touches, the Jazz win. Who cares what his shooting percentage is. All that matters is the Jazz win when he plays. Corbin tried sitting him earlier in the year and the Jazz started losing again. Now that he has his confidence back, I am sure Jerry Jr. will mess it up.....Pleass Please trade CJ. He talent is wasted while Bell plays the minutes.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    March 3, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    That was a fun game to watch. It's been awhile since we've seen that from the whole team. I disagree with the comment that Corbin left the second unit in too long. That was the unit that kept these guys in the game. I thought Jefferson was going to blow it. Three bad plays in a row in the last two minutes, got Miami the lead.

    Everyone take notice that teams go right to the rack when Jefferson is in the game. Kanter and Favors push the game away from the hoop. Then it's up to the perimeter defenders to do their job. Battier was wide open all night because the Jazz were doubling the ball on Wade and James. When Corbin pulled the double off James to guard Battier, James went nuts, like he does with all single one on one defenders.

    I hope that C J continues his better play, but I'm worried a couple of these guys have picked it up because of the trade rumors. They would have to be reading the same stuff we are.

    Great team defense Kanter, Hayward, Howard, Harris, Watson, Favors, and Burks.

  • football034 Saint George, UT
    March 3, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    RE:arizona ute
    You don't watch much basketball do you?

  • arizona ute Laveen, AZ
    March 3, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Labron passing up a game winning shot is not amazing. THe East All Stars wouldn't even draw up a play for him to win the game. Labron is a great player but he is not a clutch player. Surrounded with some of the best in the league he will still not get a ring and if he does it will be Dwayne Wade that gets it for him.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 3, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    From someone who has faithfully watched the Jazz from their very first season in SLC--this was a big one. I have been repeatedly saying that, although this is a team that will struggle this season, it is not for lack of trying and I think we are soon to see a team that doesn't just keep games close until the final minutes, but consistently finds ways to win them. Devin Harris continues to find his way and contributes big time again. CJ Miles was amazing off the bench. The second unit absolutely "bullied" the best team in the NBA during the first half. Make no mistake about this team--they are getting better and they show tremendous character. We were lulled into thinking they were better than they were with an easy early schedule. They are in the thick of it now and it will be games like last night that will galvanize them into a team that not only thinks they might win, but expects to do so--even on the ugly road.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 3, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Holy smokes! Congratulations to Big Al for a great pass to win the game. Even Harris was surprised. He then hit the big shot. LeBron is from another planet. He as 8-8 in the fourth quarter with another 2 baskets in the final minute of the third. This is ten in a row down the stretch when the "heat" ws on. That is what makes it surprising that he passed at the end. No doubt that he would have been fouled and then hit the shots to win. Hard to figure. As Clint Eastwood stated in "Heartbreak Ridge", we have a dilemma. Kanter played very well in a short entrance with a "gaggle of rebounds" and midrange jumpers. In a shorter appearance, Favors was up to the challenge and played very good d. Sorry, but youth has to be served. The trio of Jefferson, Harris, Miles are noticeably upping their game just before the trade deadline. At least be aware of why they are playing so well the last several weeks. The question should be if they will continue after March 15. The puppies, including Burks, are playing very well. They actually deserve more time. Eventually, the trio has to go. The best bet would be to do it now and then cultivate other backups for the new frontline.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    March 3, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    Good win. That being said I take issue with the way Corbin handles the 2nd half Substitutions . The 2nd line seems to do really well in the first half but not so well in the second half. We can't afford to have only bench players on court so late into the fourth quarter. Devin Harris was playing really well tonight and was tearing apart the Heat and he was taken out midway through the 3rd and didn't return until 3 minutes left in the game while the Heat erased our 15 point lead! Also Hayward found a really good offensive rhythm and was taken out when in full stride and was brought back in cold. We could have won this game by a good 15 or 20. Same thing happened with the Spurs and the Timber-wolves earlier.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2012 11:04 p.m.

    Great effort.

    However, the defense on Lebron was awful in the fourth quarter.

    Also, the Jazz's offense seemed to go away from what worked in the 1st half in the
    2nd half.

    Kanter was solid and Hayward seems to be doing better. Burks also answered the call again.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    March 2, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    I especially enjoyed the 2nd quarter when the line up of Derick Favors, Enes Kanter, CJ Miles, Alec Burks and Earl Watson played some serious basketball on both ends of the floor! It was a beautiful thing to watch! Hope Corbin saw it!

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    March 2, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    Lastly. James had to be selfish on that last shot. I am stunned he gave it to Haslem. Even though he can hit that mid range Jumper, I will every time be happy he takes the last shot there and not the stars. This was a good win. Good Energy. Nice 1st half by Kanter and Burks especially. Gordon came on well offensively. The Jazz need to play with this kind of spirit every night...

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    March 2, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    This could or could not be a huge win for this organization. A loss in a game we were better most of the night, could have led to a 6 game losing streak for this young team. We have the next 5 on the road. Wade and Lebron put on a 2nd half clinic. However, I do not know if Miami even gets to the finals how much 3 players can do. The rest of this team still not great. Corbin again did not defend the 3. Battier had a field day but Spolestra made a mistake sitting Shane so long in the 3rd Quarter. I would hope we go 3-2 on trip and come back at .500. The Jazz tonight showed mettle. Corbin subbed smart..1 at a time, and rode the young guns in the 2nd quarter. AJ should have been fed more than he was vs Anthony. He had his way. The Jazz played the final 1.2 minute smart. Take the 2. Get a little lucky when Wade missed 1-2 FT. Then AJ did not force the shot. He fed Harris leading to 3 Point Play

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    March 2, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    Miami was playing back-to-back nights and was without Chris Bosh, but hey, they are the HEAT, right? So, even though the Jazz hustled and fought their way to a pretty good lead at the half, Miami was going to come back and win it in the end, right?