The Utah Jazz upset the Heat in Utah, 94-89. The loss drops the Heat record to 35-14, and also ends the Heat’s three game winning streak.
For the Heat, Dwyane Wade led the way with a team-high 19 points. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 13 points. Mario Chalmers added 12 points.
For the Jazz, Marvin Williams scored a game-high 23 points. Richard Jefferson added 14 points. Trey Burke contributed 13 points.
This was an ugly game for the Heat, which is starting to become the norm over the past few weeks. They lacked energy from the opening tip, falling behind by 12 after the 1st quarter. They pulled within two points at halftime, and remained down by two after 3. But Williams hit a couple of huge threes to push the Jazz lead to 8 late in the 4th. The Heat pulled back to within two, before a jumper from Burke pushed the lead back to four, where the Jazz were able to hang on.
This was also a forgettable game from James, who performed well below his standards. His shot was off, and he made a few bad passes that left him visibly frustrated during a timeout in the 4th quarter. One of the very few games he’ll play poorly, but he’ll own it and come back in the next game much better.
The Heat’s next game is Tuesday night in Phoenix, against the Suns (30-20). The tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 pm.