Heat resume trek at Utah
(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat shoot for their fourth straight win when
they resume a six-game road trip tonight against the Utah Jazz at
Miami posted its third straight victory with Friday’s 118-96 win over the
Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena. Dwyane Wade posted 22 points, 10
rebounds and nine assists, as the defending world champion Heat improved to
3-1 on the trek.
Jason Kapono netted 20 points and Alonzo Mourning posted 19 points and eight
boards for Miami, which is five games off the lead in the Southeast Division
and 8-10 away from South Beach this season.
The Heat will wrap up the trip on Monday against Kobe Bryant and the Los
Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Miami superstar center Shaquille O’Neal
(left knee surgery) is expected to miss at least another week.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Division-leading Jazz have lost two straight and
three of their last four games, including Friday’s 122-114 overtime setback to
the Seattle SuperSonics at Key Arena. Ray Allen netted a career-high 54 points
to lead Seattle.
Carlos Boozer scored 32 points and grabbed 16 boards for Utah, while Mehmet
Okur recorded 23 points and eight boards. Deron Williams posted 15 points,
seven boards and nine assists for the Jazz, who are 14-3 at home this season.
Utah, which owns a five-game lead over Minnesota in the division, has lost
five in a row to the Heat.
Miami has won two straight in Salt Lake City.