The Utah Jazz were competitive for most of this game, but the Miami Heat were just too overwhelming, pulling away by scoring the first eight points of the second half.
Without Chris Bosh, the NBA's best trio was down to two, but Dwyane Wade and LeBron James more than picked up the slack. James posted 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Wade added 21 points and seven dimes.
What killed the Jazz tonight were some poor shooting performances from their starters. The only starter to hit more than three field goals for the Jazz tonight was Marvin Williams, who went for 16 points tonight. Otherwise, the Jazz starters were just 27.5 percent from the field.
In contrast, the Heat's dynamic duo was the model of efficiency tonight, shooting a combined 55.9 percent from the field against the Jazz.
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Player of the Game—LeBron James, SF Miami Heat
No surprises here. LeBron posted another stellar stat line and dominated defensively as well.
He kept his streak of games without a personal foul alive, yet he helped hold the Jazz to just 41.2 percent shooting from the field.
Offensively, James set the tone for the Heat with 30 points on 20 shots. He was plenty efficient as a scorer, and he stuffed the stat sheet in other ways as well.
Honorable Mention—Dwyane Wade
On most nights, for most teams, 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists would be a show-stopper. Playing excellent defense, as Wade did, would be an extra bonus. On the Heat, though, Wade's performance was an afterthought.
That doesn't change how successful Wade was, though. He was an efficient 57 percent from the field, which helped the Heat maintain their torrid offensive pace in this game.
Wade continues to show how important he is for the Heat, even if he is now playing second fiddle to LeBron.
Goat(s)—Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson
The Jazz run through their talented big men, but tonight saw them struggle badly. The two combined to shoot 29 percent from the field, which killed the Jazz's offensive flow.
At least Jefferson rebounded well, though, with 11 boards. Millsap only racked up five in a night he'd like to forget.
That the Jazz performed better with Derrick Favors on the court is no coincidence. The Jazz were plus-8 with Favors in the game, but minus-27 with Millsap on the court. They need a better performance from their big men to be able to compete with the best teams in the NBA.
The Jazz fall to 14-14 and will travel to Orlando to play the Magic on Sunday. The Heat improve to 18-6 and will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.
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