(SALT LAKE CITY) — The Utah Jazz (17-18) found a way to cool off the Miami Heat on Friday night. It came down to the last shot but the Jazz slipped by the Heat (28-8), 99-98.
LeBron James did have the ball in his hands with a chance to push his team’s winning streak to 10 games but instead passed it to Udonis Haslem who missed a long jumper before the buzzer sounded.
James scored 35 points in the loss.
“I just try to make the right plays and do what it takes to win basketball games,” James said. “At the end of the day, games are not lost on one shot at the end or me not taking a shot. But I know the chatter will begin. I wanted that game as bad as anyone else on that floor.”
Devin Harris was the hero for the Jazz who put in the go-ahead three-point play with 4.5 seconds left. He didn’t intend on taking the shot but center Al Jefferson was double-teamed and kicked the ball back out to him who knocked down the jumper and converted the free throw.
Miami will look to start a new streak on Sunday against the Lakers (22-14) in Los Angeles.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire