SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz hit a new season low Friday night.
Utah scored a season-low 74 points, including eight points in the third quarter, and shot just 34 percent in an 84-74 loss to the Miami Heat.
This was Utah’s fourth consecutive defeat, as the Jazz fall to 5-7 on the season.
Dion Waiters scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat closed the game on a 13-0 run.
The Jazz had a 3-point lead with 2:45 left in the game before Waiters led a furious Miami rally.
Goran Dragic had 18 points for Miami, and Tyler Johnson finished with 11 on an ugly night for each team on the offensive end. Hassan Whiteside had 20 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Waiters took over down the stretch, scoring 10 points during a 13-0 run that made it 84-74 with 31.6 seconds remaining. He was 3 for 15 from the field heading into the fourth quarter, but he made four of his five shots in the final period.
”There were a lot of open looks that we didn’t make,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ”Whether it’s confidence, or continuity or connectivity or whatever the case is, we’ve just got to grind through it. There isn’t a magic bullet right now.
”It wasn’t just one thing. There were a multitude of plays where we either missed a shot, made the wrong decision, should’ve passed when we shot, should’ve shot when we passed. At some point there’s a mental component where we’ve got to settle in and continue to play with confidence.”
Jazz center Rudy Gobert went down late in the third quarter with a right knee contusion after a Heat defender fell into his legs. He returned to start the fourth quarter and finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell started in place of Rodney Hood as the Jazz searched for more offense. Hood responded with 19 points and Mitchell had 12.
”I feel like we played way better offensively than we did against the Sixers,” Gobert said. ”We just didn’t hit shots. Had a few turnovers, at times.”
This was the second straight game the Jazz shot under 35 percent from the field.
The Heat (5-6) outscored the Jazz 20-8 in the third quarter after trailing by 12 at halftime. Miami put together runs of 11-0 and 7-0 during the period, and the Jazz had just one field goal in the 12 minutes.
Utah was held to 25 second-half points in its lowest scoring game of the season. It was 1 for 18 in the third and made just four field goals in the second half.
The Jazz next host Brooklyn Saturday night.