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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.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 1
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.
THEY SAID IT
“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