Hayward scores 34 points, Jazz defeat Heat 98-83

BY foxsports • January 10, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 34 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Miami Heat 98-83 on Saturday night to break a three-game losing streak.

Hayward came out of the locker room after a passive first half and scored 18 points in the third quarter, including nine in a row to give the Jazz a 68-60 lead. Utah outscored the Heat 27-19 in the period.

The Heat got as close as four in the fourth, but a late 6-0 run pushed the lead back to 88-78.

Trey Burke scored 11 points off the bench and Raul Neto matched a career high with 13 for the Jazz.

Chris Bosh led the Heat with 24 points, and Goran Dragic added 16. Hassan Whiteside had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Dwyane Wade was held to eight points on 3-for-17 shooting.

The Heat shot just 30.4 percent from the field after halftime.

Miami jumped out to a 29-19 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to 11 points from Dragic.

A pair of baskets by Burke spurred a 9-2 Jazz run at the beginning of the second quarter that cut the Heat lead to three, but Miami responded with a 6-0 spurt itself and took a 49-45 lead into halftime.


Heat: It was the second of a six-game road trip for the Heat. Their current stretch includes 12 of 14 games on the road. Twelve road games this month is the franchise record for January. ... Miami shot 55.6 percent in the first half.

Jazz: Utah shot 51.4 percent from the field in the first half. ... Trevor Booker went to the locker room late in the first half. He returned for the second half. ... Chris Johnson started his first game of the year and scored a season-high 14 points.


The Jazz have Rudy Gobert back, but Derrick Favors (back spasms) missed his ninth straight game. Rodney Hood (right ankle) did not play, either, leaving Utah with three available wing players. Jazz coach Quin Snyder said they could play two point guards at the same time or use 6-foot-10 rookie Trey Lyles at small forward. ''Foul trouble, obviously, becomes an issue,'' Snyder said. ''It probably won't be pretty, but guys can still compete and they can still defend, and that's the hand you're dealt. There's no sense in lamenting it.''


The game featured two of the NBA's top young shot blockers in Whiteside and Gobert. Whiteside entered with a league-best 3.8 blocks per game. He had four. Gobert had four in his second game back from an MCL injury.


The Heat travel to face the Warriors on Monday.

The Jazz travel to face the Lakers on Sunday.

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