Miami Heat

Richardson layup in closing seconds beats Jazz and extends Heat win streak to four

Miami Heat's Josh Richardson (0) reacts after defeating the Utah Jazz 103 to 102 in the fourth quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Sun., Jan. 7, 2018.
Miami Heat's Josh Richardson (0) reacts after defeating the Utah Jazz 103 to 102 in the fourth quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Sun., Jan. 7, 2018. mocner@miamiherald.com

The Heat has had difficulty so far this season sustaining momentum at home.

That changed this week.

On Sunday, Miami did something it hadn’t been able to do all season in its home building — win a game after trailing heading into the fourth quarter.

Josh Richardson’s layup with 5.1 seconds remaining secured a 103-102 victory over the Utah Jazz at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell, who finished with a game-high 27 points, had a chance to win it, but missed a running jumper at the buzzer.

Richardson talks about the Heat’s comeback and his winning layup in Miami’s 103-102 win over Utah on Jan. 7, 2018

It was the Heat’s season-best fourth consecutive victory and third in a row at home which improved its record in Miami to 11-9.

The Heat (22-17) remained fifth in the Eastern Conference with the victory and moved to within half a game behind the Wizards for fourth place.

Spoelstra talks about the Heat’s victory over the Jazz on Sunday which gave it a season-high four wins in a row.

Richardson, who finished with 14 points and seven assists, was one of six Heat players that scored in double figures.

Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic led the Heat with 16 points each.

James Johnson finished with 13 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Whiteside talks about his play in the Heat’s comeback win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

Hassan Whiteside finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and blocked four shots in 25 minutes and 45 seconds.

The Heat outscored the Jazz, who were without center Rudy Gobert, 50-40 in the paint although it was outrebounded 44-37.

Dragic talks about the Heat’s clutch play of late and on Sunday in a 103-102 comeback win over the Jazz that extended Miami’s winning streak to four.

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