Tyler Herro had 29 points and Jimmy Butler 27 as the host Miami Heat used a multi-dimensional offensive attack to build a big lead before holding on to defeat the Utah Jazz 118-115 on Saturday night.
Kyle Lowry scored 20 as part of a triple-double for the Heat.
In a battle of teams that had combined for just three losses entering the game, the Heat used 60.3-percent shooting overall and 52.4-percent accuracy on 3-pointers to win for the sixth time in their last seven games.
Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 37 points for the Jazz, who had a three-game winning streak come to an end.
A driving floater by Mitchell tied the game at 74-all with 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, before Miami took the lead for good.
Dewayne Dedmon broke the tie with a three-point play, and Lowry and Herro went deep for 3-pointers during a 13-4 quarter-ending burst that opened a nine-point Heat lead.
Playing for the second time on a three-game Southeastern trip, Utah rallied late to get within 115-113 on a Mike Conley 3-pointer with 19.8 seconds left. The Jazz had been down 112-93 just five minutes earlier.
Herro (one) and Butler (two) combined to make three late free throws, allowing the Heat to hold on when Mitchell couldn’t connect on a 30-footer in the final seconds.
Herro’s 29 points off the bench came on 11-for-18 shooting. He connected on six of his eight 3-point tries on a night when Miami hit 11 of 21.
Lowry’s triple-double, the 19th of his career and first for Miami, included team-highs in rebounds with 12 and assists with 10.
Bam Adebayo added 17 points for the Heat, who successfully rebounded from a 95-78 home loss to the Boston Celtics on Thursday.
Mitchell shot 14-for-28 overall and 4-for-15 on 3-pointers for Utah, which lost despite shooting 51.8 percent overall. The Jazz outscored the Heat 45-33 on 3-pointers but took more than twice as many attempts (45-21).
Conley finished with 18 points, Bojan Bogdanovic had 16 and Royce O’Neale 15 for the Jazz, who had opened their trip with a 116-98 romp at Atlanta on Thursday.
–Field Level Media