Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Friday, January 10th
Game 2: Monday, March 10th

Heat 76

(12-24, 6-14 away)

Jazz 92


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2003

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 12 25 25 1476
    UTAH 26 25 20 2192

    Top Performers

    Mia: C. Butler 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    UTAH: M. Harpring 31 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Harpring scores 31 as Jazz beat the Heat

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Matt Harpring's chance at tying his career high bounced off his fingertips and into the stands.

    Matt Harpring

    It was fine with Harpring, who gladly took a 31-point night as the Utah Jazz climbed seven games above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Miami Heat 92-76 Friday night.

    "I know, but oh well,'' Harpring said of the pass from Andrei Kirilenko that would have led to a layup late in the fourth quarter.

    Harpring was 13-for-19, including 2-for-3 on 3-pointers. The Jazz shot 51.5 percent (34-for-66) while winning for the ninth time in 11 games.

    "There is no question we can be a great team this year,'' said Harpring, who signed with the Jazz as a free agent last summer. "I don't think a lot of people thought that we could, especially at the beginning.''

    Karl Malone added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists and John Stockton finished with nine assists for the Jazz, who have won four straight against the Heat.

    Utah let a 21-point lead slip to three in the second half, but held on for the win.

    "You get yourself in a situation where you get too casual in two or three plays, (then) there they are,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They would stay on top of you and make you try to earn everything you got. These are learning situations if you want to get better.''

    Miami has lost five straight and closes a five-game road trip Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers.

    "We just got off to a horrible start again,'' Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We show a lot of resolve and play as hard as we can, but we just make too many mistakes.''

    Caron Butler had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Miami, which was playing its fourth straight game without leading scorer Eddie Jones (sprained ankle).

    Miami opened the game 5-for-21 from the floor and couldn't recover against the Jazz, who were 34-for-66 in the game.

    Rasual Butler scored 18, Brian Grant had 16 points and seven rebounds and Sean Lampley scored 13 for the Heat, who trailed 51-37 at halftime but made their first four shots of the third quarter to get back in it.

    Miami cut the lead to three points twice in the third, but after a layup by Malik Allen made it 58-55, Utah pulled comfortably ahead again with a 7-0 run. Stockton and Calbert Cheaney each hit jumpers and Harpring was wide open for a 3-pointer that made it 65-55 with 4:26 left.

    "He's fitting in great. He's tough and he battles,'' Stockton said of Harpring. "He finds ways to make us better.''

    The Heat stayed within 11 until Harpring hit another 3-pointer with about 5 minutes to go that put the Jazz up 82-70, then after a steal Harpring added a layup to put the Jazz up by 14 with 4:35 left.

    "We made a run,'' Grant said. "We did in the third quarter, then they just started it right back up again.''

    The game got a little chippy from there after Harpring was called for a technical foul for arguing a call and Malone got tripped up while running down the court, but nothing developed.

    Game notes

    The Heat were scoreless for the final 4:24 of the first quarter. ... Malone went down hard and landed on his back late in the first quarter while driving to the basket against Allen. Allen was called for a foul and Malone went 1-for-2 from the line to give the Jazz a 26-12 lead after the first quarter. ... The Jazz were 21-for-37 in the first half (56.8 percent). ... Utah has won four straight at home.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 92
    FGM-FGA 29-77 (.377) 34-66 (.515)
    3PM-3PA 0-4 (.000) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 20-27 (.741)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-40 13-38
    Assists 13 21
    Turnovers 18 19
    Steals 11 11
    Blocks 3 10
    Fast Break Points 5 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Caron Butler Butler
    Points: 19
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Matt Harpring Harpring
    Points: 31
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0