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Dion Waiters steps up late in 84-74 Heat win in Utah

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

SALT LAKE CITY -- Erik Spoelstra joked before the game about the impending offensive explosion.

"I think both teams are going to come out and try to score 140 points," the Heat coach said. "A lot of up, down. A ton of threes. Quick shots."

Or not.

Just Miami Heat 84, Utah Jazz 74 Friday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena, courtesy of late daggers from Dion Waiters, who like the game itself for the Heat, went from ice cold to sizzling when needed.

Here's what this one offered:

-- A 12-point Heat second quarter.

-- Followed by an eight-point Jazz third quarter.

-- And a 57-57 tie going into the fourth.

In a game where there was surplus of rebounds, Heat center Hassan Whiteside feasted, winning his duel against Rudy Gobert and closing with eight points and 20 rebounds.

In a game where scoring was desperately needed, Heat guard Goran Dragic got the message at halftime, when he stood 1 of 7 from the field, coming around to close with 18 points.

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