MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade was on the bench during Miami's big run
in the second quarter. The rookie was still the biggest reason the
Heat were able to come up with a rare victory over the Utah Jazz on
Wade scored 31 points, two short of his career high, to lead the
Heat to a 97-85 victory, Miami's fourth over the Jazz in their last
"His continuation is probably the best in the league," Utah
coach Jerry Sloan said of Wade. "He's a terrific player. We had no
answer for him. He kept driving right down the middle and he didn't
have too many problems."
Wade tied Sherman Douglas' club rookie record with his third
game of at least 30 points. He was 8-for-13 from the field and
14-for-17 from the free throw line, both career highs.
"We really went at it today," Wade said. "We really tried to
have me come off pick-and-rolls, penetrate and pass to someone else
or penetrate and keep going myself."
Rafer Alston and Rasual Butler each made two 3-pointers as the
Heat went on a 16-0 run to take a 39-17 lead. The Jazz never got
closer than three points the rest of the way.
Butler added a season-high 15 points as a reserve and Brian
Grant scored 12 points.
"I'm one of those horses or bulls that's just been locked in
the stable waiting to get out," Butler said. "So when I get out
there, I just try to go as hard as I can and help us, more so
Jones was 3-for-14 from the field and had eight points, while
Odom finished with six points, snapping his career-high streak of
28 consecutive games in double figures.
"When Eddie or when Dwyane scores, the Heat scoreboard lights
up," Odom said. "I love when Dwyane gets cooking. It gets to a
point where he is fun to watch, where I become a fan."
After its big run, Miami kept the lead in double digits until
the third quarter, when the Jazz cut the deficit to three two
Trailing 61-58, the Jazz had a chance to further cut into the
lead, but Raja Bell missed a jumper and Wade followed with a
Utah got no closer than five points after that as Miami won its
second consecutive game following a five-game losing streak.
"That was a momentum killer right there," Bell said. "We were
clawing our way back into it."
Miami improved to 15-10 at home, one victory shy of its total
for last season. The Heat, who began the day one game behind Boston
for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, had lost their last
three at home.
"It was great to end a three-game home losing streak and get
back to our winning ways," Alston said. "We do well here. If we
continue to do that and pick up some road wins we'll be all
Kirilenko ran his streak of consecutive field goals against
the Heat to 15 before missing in the third quarter. He made his
last seven in the previous game, and his first eight Tuesday. ...
Kirilenko's previous career high was 30 points, which he had tied
Dec. 14 against Philadelphia. ... Jones is 9-for-37 from the field
over the last three games. ... Utah point guards Carlos Arroyo and
Raul Lopez combined to go 0-for-10 from the field in the first
half. ... Heat starting F Caron Butler returned after missing one
game with a back injury. ... The Heat began a stretch of playing 12
of 15 games at home. ... Utah began a streak of playing six of
seven games on the road.