Jazz-Heat Preview

With prolific scorers Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh

all sharing time on the floor, the Miami Heat knew it was going to

take time for their offense to jell.

Two weeks into the season, Wade feels the chemistry is getting

closer to where it needs to be.

The Heat look to build on the Big Three’s most balanced

performance and beat the Utah Jazz for an eighth straight time at

home on Tuesday night.

Wade, James and Bosh were the go-to scorers on their respective

teams last season, and all finished in the top nine in the league

in scoring. With the three signing with Miami (5-2) over the

summer, it was obvious they wouldn’t be able to produce at their

normal clips and the team admitted it was going to be a process to

get the offense in sync.

The Heat’s offense took a big step forward in Saturday’s 101-89

win over New Jersey, as Wade had 29 points, James scored 23 and

Bosh added 21. It was first game where the superstar trio all

topped the 20-point plateau.

“We’re starting to get more of a comfort zone,” said Wade, who

has led the Heat in scoring all three games this month.

“It’s only been seven games,” he added. “We can look at the next

seven as hopefully being better than we were in the first

seven.”

The Heat opened a six-game homestand against the Nets, and have

now outscored their opponents by an average of 23.4 points in

winning their three games at AmericanAirlines Arena.

They’ve enjoyed similar success against the Jazz, winning seven

straight over Utah in Miami since an 83-73 loss on March 10, 2003.

The Heat have also won 11 of the last 13 meetings overall.

Wade has been instrumental to the winning streak, averaging 32.3

points in six career home games against Utah.

James has also had little trouble scoring against the Jazz,

averaging 33.3 points for Cleveland in six contests against them

since 2007-08, his second-best scoring average against any

opponent.

While Wade, James and Bosh continue to work on the offense,

Miami’s defense is already looking sound.

The Heat are limiting teams to 40.4 percent shooting while

holding all seven opponents to fewer than 100 points. They’ll now

try to shut down one of the league’s most inconsistent

offenses.

Utah (3-3) has averaged 118.0 points while shooting 44.4 percent

from 3-point range in its victories, but just 86.7 points on 22.5

percent from beyond the arc in its losses.

The Jazz open a four-game road trip following Saturday’s 109-107

double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Utah battled

back from 18 points down in the first half and Deron Williams sent

the team to its third win in four games with a tiebreaking layup

with 6.8 seconds remaining in the second overtime.

“Great players make great plays,” said Jazz guard C.J. Miles,

who was held to two points on 1-of-13 shooting.

Williams scored 22 of his 30 points after halftime and seems to

be finding his shooting touch. The All-Star point guard is

averaging 22.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting in the last four

games after averaging 15.0 points on 27.3 percent shooting in the

first two.

Williams averaged 20.5 points while shooting 68.2 percent in two

games against the Heat last season.