By Tim Reynolds
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI _ The final shot of the night was from Alec Burks, who took a 3-pointer even as Mario Chalmers appeared to hit him on the arm.
That’s how it’s going for visitors in Miami these days. Everything’s working for them, and even Dwyane Wade’s biggest scoring night in nearly four years wasn’t enough to give the Heat a chance.
Gordon Hayward scored 29 points, Enes Kanter added 18 and the Utah Jazz overcame 42 points from Wade to beat the Heat 105-87 on Wednesday night.
The Heat have not only lost four straight at home, but lost them all by double digits _ with the only other such dismal occurrence coming in December 1990.
“A big-time win for us,” Hayward said.
Burks scored 12, Derrick Favors added 11 and Dante Exum had 10 for Utah, which won for just the second time in its last 14 games. Those two wins have come against last year’s NBA finalists, San Antonio and now the Heat.
“We’re going to play hard and compete and give effort,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “It’s nice when that gets rewarded.”
Wade shot 12 of 19 for Miami, which has lost seven of its last eight home games and has dropped four straight at home for the first time since 2011. The Heat trailed by 17 in the first quarter and never recovered.
“You really want to win at home, you want to play well at home and I feel like we’ve played better on the road this year than we’ve played at home,” said Wade, whose team is 4-8 at home this season. “I don’t know the reason for it all.”
It was Wade’s biggest-scoring game since he scored 45 on Dec. 29, 2010.
“Individually, you take positives out of it,” Wade said. “But as a team, we’ve just got to be better.”
Utah shot 53 per cent from the field and made 14 3-pointers against the Heat, who were starting a seven-game homestand.
The Heat got within seven midway through the third quarter, before Utah answered with a 10-2 run. And whenever Wade and the Heat made a little dent in the fourth, the Jazz still refused to cede control.
Hayward hit a 3-pointer with 4:59 left, Burks added another on the next Jazz possession, the lead went from 11 to 17 and the outcome was basically decided.
“That was just a well-executed offensive game on their part,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, “and it was mostly a poorly executed offensive game on our part.”
The Heat were again without centre Chris Bosh, who missed his third straight game with a strained left calf. Miami used its 11th starting lineup in 26 games.
Jazz: Utah established a season-best with eight first-half 3-pointers. … The Jazz came in with three technical fouls assessed to players and coaches all season, and matched that in the first 2 1/2 quarters. Trevor Booker got two and was ejected, and Burks got another with 7:19 left in the third. … Utah is 3-4 when visiting Eastern Conference teams, 0-6 when visiting Western Conference clubs.
Heat: F Chris Andersen became the 150th player to start for the Heat. Including playoffs, it was just the 11th start in Andersen’s 677-game career. … The Heat shot 20 of the game’s first 23 free throws. … Miami wrapped up its eighth back-to-back of the season, tied for the most in the league. … Heat F Josh McRoberts (meniscus tear) will have surgery next week, but remains hopeful of returning later this season.
The Jazz shot better from 3-point range (14 for 25, 56 per cent) than 2-point range (21 for 41, 51 per cent). It was Utah’s best 3-point shooting night since the Jazz shot 57 per cent at Sacramento on Dec. 11, 2013.
Miami’s point guards, Norris Cole (0 for 4) and Chalmers (3 for 13) combined to shoot 3 for 17. They were hardly the only Heat players to struggle; when Wade checked out for the night, he had 42 points, matching his teammates’ total at that time.
Jazz: At Orlando on Friday.
Heat: Host Washington on Friday.