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Miami 15 18 20 31 84
Utah 40 20 32 19 111
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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 PM CTNaN:� , December 12, 2018
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah  Attendance: 18,306

Jazz, Gobert look to take out frustrations on Heat

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According to STATS

Miami Heat at Utah Jazz

  1. Miami has won two of its three road games, all against the Western Conference. The Heat held their opponents to under 100 points in both wins; on the season they are holding Western Conference teams to 104.4 points per game, fourth fewest in the NBA.
  2. Utah lost two consecutive games on the road after winning two straight at home. In the two home games, the Jazz averaged 128.5 points, their most in a two-game home span since 2009-10 (134.0). They averaged 105.0 points in their two road games.
  3. The Heat beat the Jazz on December 2, 102-100. Miami has won four straight against Utah dating back to December 2016, with three of those games decided by two or fewer points.
  4. Joe Ingles has increased in three-point shooting at home this season to 43.1 percent, fifth best in the NBA (minimum 70 attempts). He needs eight more threes to become the fourth player in franchise history with 300 three-pointers at home.
  5. Justice Winslow dropped 28 points off the bench against the Lakers, hitting six threes. He is just the third player in franchise history with at least 28 points and six threes off the bench, joining Wayne Ellington last season (two games) and Voshon Lenard in 1999.
  6. Dwyane Wade recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists against the Lakers. It is his 123rd double-double with the Heat, fifth most in franchise history and the most by a guard.

SALT LAKE CITY -- When Utah faces Miami for the second time in 11 days on Wednesday night, avenging a loss may not be the only thing on the agenda for the Jazz.

Rudy Gobert may be looking to make a statement against the team where his recent troubles with NBA officiating crews began.

After Miami's 102-100 win over Utah earlier in December, Gobert generated a bit of controversy with his postgame remarks about the officiating. He characterized the calls against him and Jazz teammates as inconsistent. The league fined Gobert $15,000 for his public criticism of the officiating.

The Jazz center seems to have drawn a greater degree of scrutiny on the court from officials since that outburst. He was ejected just three minutes into 118-91 victory over Houston last Thursday and played just 21 minutes because of foul trouble in a 122-113 loss to Oklahoma City on Monday.

Gobert, once again, is fed up.

"I'm gonna watch film; I hope everyone does the same," he told the Salt Lake Tribune after the loss to the Thunder. "I don't know. I feel disrespected. I want to play basketball, I want to do my job."

A deeper problem for the Jazz (13-15) than any alleged targeting of Gobert is a lack of consistency. Sluggish starts on offense doomed Utah in back-to-back losses to San Antonio and Oklahoma City. The Jazz averaged just 41.0 first-half points in the two games.

Utah struggled from the perimeter from both games. The Jazz shot 31 percent from outside against the Spurs and connected on 28 percent of their attempts from long distance against the Thunder. It kept the Jazz from gaining ground once they dug themselves an early hole.

"When you put yourself behind the eight ball, you have to be lucky or perfect to get back in the game and win," Jazz coach Quin Snyder told the team's website. "We didn't play well enough to deserve that. We were competing, but we didn't execute. That's what it comes down to."

Miami comes to Utah during a six-game road trip. The Heat (11-15) opened the trip with wins over the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers before falling 108-105 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Justise Winslow is providing a big spark for the Heat on the trip and showing encouraging signs in his development. Through the last three games, Winslow is averaging 23.0 points on 56.8 percent shooting from the field. He is also shooting 52.4 percent from 3-point range in that stretch. It isn't just scoring where he is making a difference either.

Winslow is also averaging 7.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists on the trip.

Winslow turned in his finest performance yet against the Lakers, where he set career highs in field goals made (11) and 3-pointers made (6) en route to a career-best 28 points.

"His confidence is growing," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the Miami Herald on Monday. "He's not hunting for 30-point games, it's all in the context of who he's supposed to be. He's finishing well. He's making the right reads. He's not making mistakes. These are all positive plays and sometimes you forget that he's been in the league four years."

Defending Hassan Whiteside will also be a concern for the Jazz if he's available. Whiteside had 23 points, 20 rebound and three blocks in Miami's recent victory over Utah. The veteran center has missed the last three games for the birth of his child.

Updated December 11, 2018

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