Published January 14, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – Al Jefferson scored 23 points, Gordon Hayward added 22 — including a jumper with 40 seconds remaining — and the Utah Jazz held on to beat the Miami Heat 104-97 on Monday night.
The Heat were down 21 points in the third quarter but fought back to pull within two behind a 32-point effort by LeBron James. However, James was called for goaltending and an offensive foul on back-to-back possessions late, then missed a 3-pointer with Miami down six with 2:19 left.
Hayward's fadeaway 14-footer gave Utah the cushion it needed.
The Jazz were shooting 67.6 percent at halftime but made only 4 of 19 in the fourth to let the Heat back into the game.
Utah held a 40-23 advantage on the boards, and 47-26 edge in bench scoring.
Chris Bosh added 16 points for Miami and Rashard Lewis had 13 off the bench.