LeBron, Wade and the Miami Heat Continue Defensive Dominance Against Utah Jazz

December 22nd, 2012 by Matt Parker Leave a reply »
The reigning NBA champion Miami Heat has hit its defensive stride of late, holding six straight opponents under 100 points.

Saturday night's 105-89 victory over the Utah Jazz was no different.

A Jamaal Tinsley three-pointer would cut the Miami lead to 75-68 early in the fourth quarter, but the Jazz would get no closer, falling behind by as many as 23 late in the game.

Miami improved to 13-2 at home and 7-0 on games played on Saturday this season.

LeBron James scored 30 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. It was the 76th time in his brilliant career (including postseason) that he has reached those marks.

Following the win, Heat sideline reporter Jason Jackson asked James what the difference was in renewing the team's defensive identity.

“Communication," James said,  "We’re communicating, we're flying around, we're helping each other. If something breaks down, someone is there to protect them. That’s what it’s all about.”

The Heat raced out to an 8-2 advantage only to have Utah respond with a 10-4 run of its own. Miami held a 28-25 lead after a first qu ...

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