Utah Cool the Heat in 7-Game NBA Saturday Night

Jazz Beat Miami

It seemed one of the night’s less interesting match-ups, but it didn’t seem to fit the script for the Miami Heat, as they fell to the Utah Jazz on Saturday, after an off-night for Lebron James.

Miami, who were considerable favourites for the game, as you’d imagine, simply couldn’t get going throughout the game in Salt Lake City, with Lebron James failing to find the mark on offense, dropping a considerably poor 13 points.

Plenty of credit has to go to the Jazz though, who rode their luck, but also forced multiple turnovers from the rusty Heat offense to steal their 17th win of the season.

Gordon Hayward stole the show, nearly recording a triple-double on the night, scoring nine points, grabbing nine boards and dishing out 11 assists, with Mo Williams dropping a game high 23 for the Jazz.

In the other games on Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs avoided an upset, eventually creeping by the Charlotte Bobcats 104-100, with Patty Mills coming off the bench to drop 32 points.

Zach Randolph led the Memphis Grizzlies past the Atlanta Hawks 79-76, dropping 20 points in what certainly wasn’t a game for offensive minded fans to take in.

The Detroit Pistons blew out the Denver Nuggets, with Brandon Jennings showing out with 35 points and 12 assists, to give Motor City the 126-109 victory.

The shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves, who were without Nikola Pekovic (Ankle), Kevin Love (Dead Leg) and Kevin Martin (Fractured Thumb) couldn’t find their way past a strong-willed Portland Trailblazers team, as they came out 117-110 winners.

Dwight Howard’s big night (27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists) clipped the Milwaukee Bucks, as the Houston Rockets came out on top, beating the hosts 101-95.

Finally, the Phoenix Suns had Goran Dragic to thank, after his career high 34 point and 10 assist effort was enough to beat the Golden State Warriors, despite a 28 point night from Steph Curry.

This Sunday’s action tips off with the New York Knicks taking on Oklahoma City, followed by some intriguing match-ups including; Bulls @ Lakers, Dallas @ Boston, New Orleans @ Brooklyn, Memphis @ Cleveland, Indiana @ Orlando, Sacramento @ Washington and the 76ers @ Clippers.

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Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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