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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Heat 105, Jazz 89


BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Another dominating performance by the Heat's defense. Miami has forced at least 20 turnovers in three of its last four games.

WORST OF THE NIGHT: Jazz mainstay Al Jefferson had a rough night offensively, scoring just six points on 2 of 8 shooting. Credit Shane Battier for leading the defensive effort that shut down the Jazz's most consistent scoring threat. Battier had three blocks.

Ray Allen attempted two three-pointers, three two-pointers and three free throws. Of those seven shots, he only missed one.

LINE OF THE NIGHT: LeBron James had 30 points, going 11 of 20 from the field, 1 of 1 from three-point range and 7 of 10 from the free-throw line. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists to go along with four turnovers.

“We’re playing good ball right now, especially defensively. That is who we are. We defend and then everything else takes care of itself.”

“It was a tough first half. There was no rhythm to the game. With this team, just one play can wake us up. We got a couple of good looks and were able to knock them down. It seemed to pick up our energy and it seemed to sap Utah’s energy.” 

“They came out with an 8-0 run in the third quarter. It was a close game until that run. Then you have to fight your way back in it.  We didn’t have a pace, and as a result, we turned the ball over. When you turn the ball over as many times (as we did) against a team like that (Miami HEAT), it is difficult.”

“This was actually the first time that I can even remember that Shane (Battier) and I even played together. We are usually on different parts of the rotation. It went well together, I knew where he was going to be, and I knew he was going to be in that corner. When I am rolling to the basket and I have guys rotating nine times out of 10 it is going to be his guy pulling, and we are all looking for him in that corner.”


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