Heat, Jazz put winning streaks on the line
(Sports Network) – A pair of teams riding six-game winning streaks square off
tonight, as the Miami Heat welcome the Utah Jazz to AmericanAirlines Arena.
Utah will open a four-game road trip in South Beach and just completed a
perfect three-game homestand with Saturday’s 96-86 win over the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at EnergySolutions Arena.
Mehmet Okur posted 29 points and Carlos Boozer recorded 20 points and 13
rebounds to lift the Southwest Division-leading Jazz. Gordon Giricek had 16
points with six boards for Utah, which is fourth in the Western Conference
The Jazz have won four in a row on the road and are 18-12 away from Salt Lake
City this season. They will also visit Orlando, Philadelphia and Cleveland on
the current trek.
Meanwhile, Miami has won six straight and will close out a six-game homestand
this evening versus Utah. On Sunday, Udonis Haslem nailed a jumper with just
three-tenths of a second left on the clock to give Miami a wild 106-104
victory over Washington at AmericanAirlines Arenas.
Eddie Jones scored 18 points, Gary Payton had a season-high 17 points and
seven assists and Alonzo Mourning added 16 points, seven rebounds and four
blocks for the Heat, who have won 12 straight at home and own a 21-10 mark as
the host this season.
Shaquille O’Neal battled through early foul trouble to finish with 12 points
and six boards for Miami.
The Heat are just a game behind Washington for the top spot in the Southeast
standings, and are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Tuesday’s meeting between Utah and Miami is the second and final matchup of
the regular season. The Heat won the first encounter, 119-110, on January 13
at EnergySolutions Arena. Dwyane Wade scored 32 points and dished out 10
assists to lead the way.
Miami has won six straight after losing the last six meetings. Utah has lost
three straight after winning its last three at the Heat.