A three-pointer by Ray Allen with 7:12 left cut Utah’s lead to seven points. Allen’s three-pointer tied him with Robert Parish for 21st on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He later passed Parish and finished the game with 10 points.
Allen’s three-pointer came at the beginning of a 13-5 run for the Heat. A dunk by Joel Anthony on a brilliant assist by James cut Utah’s lead to 93-90. On Miami’s next possession, an equally impressive pass from James led to a pair of free-throw attempts for Anthony. He made 1 of 2 to bring the Heat within two points.
The Heat would get no closer.
Goal-tending by James put the Jazz back ahead by two possession. James then committed an offensive foul and Jefferson made both free throws to extend Utah’s lead. A 14-foot fade-away by Gordon Hayward put the Jazz ahead 100-93 with 40.4 seconds left.
Wade finished with 11 points, going 5 of 11 from the field. He had five rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.
A three-pointer by Randy Foye gave the Jazz a 21-point lead with four minutes to play in the third quarter. The Heat was playing so poorly at that point in the third period that even Heat coach Erik Spoelstra took a seat on the bench.
Jefferson led Utah with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Hayward had 22 points off the bench. Millsap had 17 points and nine rebounds. Utah (21-19) has 25 assists on 36 field goals.
James scored 20 points in the first half for the first time this season, not that it really helped. James, Wade and Bosh were 16 of 22 from the field in the first half for 36 points and the Heat still trailed by 15 points. The Heat shot 54.2 percent from the field in the loss.
It was a harsh environment and not just for the extremely cold weather outside. Haslem jawed with Jazz fans on the bench at one point in the third quarter. Later, a fan seated courtside was kicked out of the arena heckling an official.