MIAMI - Paul Millsap scored a career-high 46 points, including a putback at the buzzer to force overtime, and the Utah Jazz got two free throws from Francisco Elson with 0.4 seconds remaining to beat the Miami Heat, 116-114, on Tuesday night.
Utah erased a 22-point deficit, plus overcame a 39-point night from Dwyane Wade and LeBron James’ 29th career triple-double — 20 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds — to hand the Heat its first home defeat.
Millsap had 11 points in the final 28 seconds of regulation as Utah rallied from eight down. The Heat missed five shots in the final two minutes of overtime that either would have tied the game or given it the lead, including Eddie House’s desperation jumper at the buzzer.
Deron Williams had 21 points and 14 assists for the Jazz before fouling out late in regulation.
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Millsap’s total was by far the most by any player to face Miami this season — and he was a most surprising candidate to top that list. He averaged 6.9 points in eight previous games against the Heat.
The Jazz rallied from 18 points down to beat the L.A. Clippers on Saturday.
Hot? That’s sizzling: Indiana made its first 20 shots of the third quarter Tuesday in clobbering visiting Denver, 144-113. Scoring 54 points in the third, the Nuggets missed out on a perfect period when Josh McRoberts was off on a 3-pointer.
We’re not buying it, Commish: Atlanta’s Maurice Evans says NBA players aren’t buying David Stern’s recent call for a one-third reduction in players’ salaries. “We definitely don’t agree with those numbers,” Evans said. “We feel like the game is really at a great place.”
My aching back: NBA scoring leader Monta Ellis was diagnosed with a strained lower back after a hard fall Monday in a game at Toronto.