NBA: Jazz defeats Heat, runs winning streak to four

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Feb 13 2020 12:57 PM

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Russell Isabella, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points, leading the Utah Jazz to a 116-101 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

Jordan Clarkson had 21 points off the bench for the Jazz, who have won four straight games. The Jazz improved to 20-5 at home, including 9-0 against Eastern Conference teams.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, added 16 points, two blocks and a game-high 20 rebounds. Gobert and Mitchell, both first-time All-Stars this year, were honored before the game by the Jazz.

Miami, which finished a 1-4 road trip, was led by Jimmy Butler's 25 points.

Duncan Robinson scored all 18 of his points by making six 3-pointers in 13 attempts. He became the first player in Heat history to make at least five three-pointers in four consecutive games.

Miami's Jae Crowder, who played 107 games for the Jazz from 2017 to 2019, got a big ovation from Utah's fans when he entered the game in the third quarter. Crowder finished with 15 points.

Miami was without two members of its rotation due to ankle injuries: starter Meyers Leonard and rookie reserve Tyler Herro. Together, they average 19.2 points, including 13.1 by Herro.

Utah was without starting point guard Mike Conley, who missed his second straight game due to an illness. He is averaging 13.5 points.

However, the Jazz improved to 17-5 without Conley, a testament to their depth.

Miami led, 28-25, after the first quarter, closing the period on a 10-2 run. The Heat stretched their advantage to 52-47 at halftime.

Utah, thanks to eight points from Mitchell and seven from Bogdanovic, surged on top in the third, taking a 79-74 lead by the end of the quarter.

The Jazz took their largest lead of the game up to that point on a Clarkson 3-pointer that put them up 96-85 with 8:10 left in the fourth. Utah cruised from there.

The Jazz shot 48.2 percent from the floor, including 14-of-36 on three-pointers (38.9 percent).

Miami shot 43.2 percent from the floor, including 13-of-39 on 3-pointers (33.3 percent).

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