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Miami at Utah

Venue: EnergySolutions Arena
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After losing on the first two stops of their six-game road trip, the Miami Heat got back on track behind a huge game from an unlikely source.

Mario Chalmers figures to give Miami a huge lift going forward if he can stay hot.

Chalmers looks to build on the highest-scoring game of his career Monday night as the Heat face the Utah Jazz.

Miami (24-11) was limited to its fewest points this season in Tuesday's 87-77 loss at Indiana, then fell 92-90 at Portland two nights later as Chalmers missed what would have been the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

The fifth-year point guard, though, found his groove Saturday as the Heat posted their highest scoring output of 2012-13 in a 128-99 win at Sacramento. Chalmers scored 34 points, making 10 of 13 from beyond the arc to tie Brian Shaw's 20-year-old team record for 3s in a game. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 47 points on 16-of-26 shooting.

"This is a classic one for Mario," Wade said. "I liked it because he just had an opportunity in the last game to hit a game-winner and he missed it. I liked that he came back aggressive. Credit to him for tying a Heat record, hitting 10 3s, I mean, that's just a phenomenal feat. We all know that Mario, no matter what goes on, he's a big-game type player."

Averaging 7.5 points, Chalmers had been limited to a combined 36 over his previous eight games while going 11 of 43 (25.6 percent) from the field. Miami went 3-5 over that stretch but is 14-1 when Chalmers chips in at least eight points.

"I just wanted to get back into a good rhythm," he said. "I feel like I've been struggling all season."

Chalmers now tries to keep things going against Utah (20-19), which is seeking a fourth win in five games after going 2-1 on its recently completed trek.

One night after blowing a 15-point third-quarter lead in a 103-95 loss at Atlanta, the Jazz stormed back from a 15-point deficit to beat Detroit 90-87 on Saturday.

"This is a huge victory for us after what happened," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "This team has shown a lot of resilience this season."

Al Jefferson had 20 points and 10 rebounds while Paul Millsap added 17 and seven for the Jazz, who shot 50.7 percent and held a 48-40 scoring edge in the paint.

"This was great, but there's still a bitter taste because we know we should be going home with a 3-0 road trip," Jefferson said. "That one (Friday) night is going to bother us for a while."

Jefferson averaged 23.0 points - 5.8 more than his season mark - on 59.6 percent shooting during the trip. The formidable big man, though, scored just six and hit 2 of 8 from the floor in a 105-89 loss at Miami on Dec. 22.

The Jazz have dropped 13 of 17 in this series, but they pulled out a 99-98 home win March 2 despite a combined 66 points from James and Wade.

James is averaging 30.4 points against Utah - his highest career mark against any team.

While Miami could be without Shane Battier for a third straight game Monday due to a hamstring injury, Utah's Marvin Williams (right knee inflammation) is hoping to return following a three-game absence.

The Jazz have taken six straight home matchups against Eastern Conference foes dating to last season and are 39-7 in such games since February 2009.

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Miami -2.5 Utah 2.5
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Miami1st Southeast 5428.65904-6Lost 3
Utah5th Northwest 2557.305342-8Won 1

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Injuries
Miami
PlayerInjury
J McRobertsToe
Utah
PlayerInjury
No injuries reported.
 
Key Players
LeBron<br>James
LeBron
James
, SF
38.3 Min. Per Game 32.8 Al<br>Jefferson
Al
Jefferson
, C
25.9 Pts. Per Game 17.2
6.9 Ast. Per Game 2.1
8.3 Reb. Per Game 9.8
54.1 Field Goal % 48.1
40.4 Three Point % 22.2
72.6 Free Throw % 85.1
 
Team Rankings
TeamRankPoints
Miami Heat586.39
Utah Jazz1677.05
 
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Oct 29Utah 
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Mar 12Utah 
Apr 15 @ Houston 
 
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