Mitchell scores 26, Jazz beats the Heat 116-101
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 13, 2020 01:39 PM
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder, right, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
By JOHN COON Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points to lift the Utah Jazz to a 116-101 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Jordan Clarkson added 21 points off the bench for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 20 rebounds as Utah won its fourth straight game.
Jimmy Butler scored 25 points to lead the Heat. Duncan Robinson added 18 points and Jae Crowder chipped in 15 off the bench.
Miami built the largest lead during a back-and-forth first half. Butler, Kendrick Nunn, and Robinson each scored a basket during an 8-0 run that put the Heat up 52-43.
Utah closed the gap in the third quarter and overtook Miami. Gobert tipped in a basket and Mitchell drove for a layup on back-to-back possessions to spark a 18-7 run. The Jazz scored on seven straight possessions during the run – capped by a layup and pair of free throws by Tony Bradley for a 79-72 lead.
Robinson and Crowder drained back-to-back 3-pointers and Crowder added a pair of free throws to pull Miami within two at 87-85. Clarkson kept the Heat from regaining the lead, hitting a pair of 3-pointers less than a minute apart as part of a 9-0 run. The second 3-pointer gave Utah a 96-85 lead with 8:08 remaining.
Miami never got closer than seven points. After Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer to cut the Jazz lead to 106-99, Utah scored on four consecutive possessions, punctuated by a dunk by Gobert that made it 116-101 with 1:31 remaining.
Heat: Crowder has made 12 3-pointers in three games since being acquired by the Heat. He has shot 60% from the perimeter during that stretch. … Bam Adebayo finished with a team-high 11 rebounds. … Miami held the Jazz to three fastbreak points.
Jazz: Gobert blocked his 100th shot of the season in the first quarter. He has at least 100 blocks in each of the last six seasons. … Joe Ingles dished out a team-high nine assists. … Utah outscored Miami 16-0 in second-chance points through the first three quarters.
Heat visit the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 20.
Jazz host the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 21.
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