It’s only the beginning of December, but the Miami Heat are close to matching their road win total from all of last season.
The Heat look to close out their western road trip with a winning record when they face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Rookie Michael Beasley hit the decisive free throw in the final seconds of overtime to give Miami (9-9) a 130-129 victory at Golden State on Monday. The result improved the Heat to 2-2 on the current trip and 4-6 away from home this season. Miami went 6-35 on the road in 2007-08.
“It was very significant,” said Wade, averaging a league-leading 28.7 points on the season and 35.3 points per game in his last three contests. “This is a tough game to come back and play after losing the other night and taking so much energy out of you to come back. But our team grew up.”
Shawn Marion and Udonis Haslem - whose putback at the buzzer of regulation forced overtime - each had 21 points against Golden State while Beasley added 19 off the bench for Miami, which scored its most points of the season.
Beasley has scored 43 points in his last two games after a scoreless effort Friday at Phoenix.
Miami last visited Utah exactly one year ago, on Dec. 3, 2007, when the Jazz beat the Heat 110-101. That game, though, is Utah’s only victory in the last nine meetings between these teams.
It’s probably not a coincidence that Miami’s run of dominance over the Jazz began in Wade’s rookie season. The Heat’s star guard has never scored fewer than 20 points in eight career games versus the Jazz, and has averaged 28.4 points against them.
Defeating Utah again could be a challenge, as the Jazz are 8-2 at home this season.
Playing away from home Tuesday, Utah rallied in the fourth quarter and overcame a season-high 25 turnovers to defeat Sacramento 99-94.
“The fourth quarter was great for my confidence,” said Williams, who is averaging 20.0 points and 8.7 assists while shooting 57.1 percent in his last four games against Miami. “I’ve got to start games being aggressive and play my game.”
Tuesday was the first time in four games since returning from a sprained ankle that Williams didn’t register a double-double. He is averaging 12.0 points and 12.5 assists since coming back from his injury.
The Jazz (12-7) continue to play without leading scorer Carlos Boozer, who missed his seventh straight game due to a strained left quadriceps Tuesday and is likely to be out another week. He was averaging 20.5 points and 11.7 rebounds before he got hurt.