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Miami used a key third-quarter run to build a sizable lead the Heat would never relinquish.
Shorthanded with Chris Bosh's absence due to a cold, the Miami Heat turned in yet another strong defensive performance and win 105-89 against the Utah Jazz. LeBron James scored 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting and added nine rebounds and seven assists. James also did not commit a personal foul in 38 minutes of action, his sixth consecutive game without recording a personal foul (he did pick up a technical foul in the second quarter). Miami out-rebounded the Jazz, and Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap each had less-than-stellar offensive nights.
Dwyane Wade was spry and had an efficient game, scoring 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line. Wade also added seven rebounds and seven assists. He made one of his signature 2006 NBA Finals jump shots and made a couple killer crossovers. The only downside from the Heat's two superstars? They both turned the ball over four times.
Utah managed to keep the game close for much of the first half, but Shane Battier made back-to-back 3s at the start of the third quarter. Miami extended a four-point halftime lead to 20 by the 4:20 mark of the third. Utah made a couple of runs to trim the gap, but Miami always managed to come up with a steal and good look on the other end to keep the Jazz at bay.