Heat sink Jazz on layup

08 January 2018 11:59:57 EST

Josh Richardson his a go ahead layup with 5.1 seconds remaining and the Miami Heat squeezed by the Utah Jazz 103-102 Sunday afternoon at the American Airlines Arena in South Florida.

Richardson hit the winning shot, but Hassan Whiteside led the way for the Heat. The 28-year old center from Gastonia, North Carolina scored 14 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out an assist for a double-double for the game.

The Heat have been one of the quieter teams in the Eastern Conference, with the hosts currently in fifth place in the East with a record of 22-17. Miami has an extremely small lead over many other teams in the Eastern Conference all vying for Playoff positions, with the Heat only 2.5 games ahead of the 10th placed New York Knicks.

Leading the way in defeat for the Jazz was star rookie Donovan Mitchell, as the 21-year old shooting guard out of Louisville scored a team high 27 points while passing out three assists and pulling down two rebounds for the game.

Mitchell did most of his damage in the second half, as the Utah star scored 19 of his 27 points after the halftime break.

The Jazz were without their other star in Rudy Gobert, as the 7'1 center from France is expected to return soon from a minor knee injury.

Miami had all starters in double figures for the game and had two players break 10 rebounds for the contest.

The Heat are 150/1 to win the NBA Championship and the Golden State Warriors are priced at 11/10.

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