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Tyler Herro’s dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer lifts Heat over Jazz

Tyler Herro’s dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer lifts Heat over Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — Tyler Hero drilled a wild, running triple as time expired to give the Miami Heat a 126-123 victory over him Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Bam Adebayo He scored 32 points and Herro finished with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Heat. Victor Oladipo scored 23 points off the bench and Max Strus had 13, including a buzzer-beating basket in the first half.

Herro’s final basket put a perfect exclamation point on a strong offensive outing by Miami.

“The ball was flying,” Herro said. “We were making plays for each other, making stops defensively and turning it into easy buckets on the other end.”

Miami outscored Utah 54-32 in the paint to win for the third time in four games. The Heat shot 51% from the field and finished with 32 assists on 45 field goals.

“This is what we need,” Adebayo said. “That’s what makes us a better team, when everyone is involved and flying and making shots. The ball doesn’t stick.”

The Jazz made 17 3-pointers and 36 free throws, but lost their fourth straight.

Utah erased a seven-point deficit and tied it at 123 with 6.3 seconds left on three Markkanen free throws. Herro countered with his game-winning triple on the ensuing possession.

“You want the ball in his hands because you know he wants those moments,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Miami made five consecutive baskets and scored on eight consecutive possessions in total to take a 62-52 lead late in the second quarter. Oladipo and Herro fueled the run with three baskets apiece.

Utah erased the deficit in the third quarter. Markkanen and Clarkson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark an 11-0 run that gave the Jazz a 95-88 lead before the end of the quarter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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