Miami • The Heat shot 58 percent in the first half Monday and yet the Jazz still held a 50-47 lead after two quarters.
The solution was a "simple" one for the defending champs.
"Offensively we were playing well," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "The thing that was our biggest concern was our second-chance points. We have to make more of an effort to box guys out and go up and getting the ball."
The Jazz had out-rebounded Miami 23-16 in the first half. But the Heat dominated the glass in the second. Miami closed out the game out-rebounding the Jazz 25-10 over the final two quarters and Utah finished with just two second-chance points in the second half.
• Miami's transition game also came to life, sparked in part by Jazz misses.
"First half we showed we can compete with anybody," Jazz center Kanter said. "the second half, fast break points just hurt us. We just have to be more aggressive in the second half."
Miami outscored the Jazz 14-4 on fast break points in the second half.
• Kanter had 14 points and eight rebounds but only played 17 minutes.
• Led by Alec Burks' 31, the Jazz bench outscored the team's starters 56-38.
• LeBron James doesn't seem to think his injured ankle will be a problem.
"I turned my ankle," he said. "It will be sore in the morning, I know. I have been here before. It will be day-to-day and we will see what happens."
Wade downplayed it even more.
"I know him, he has super ankles," he said. "I just know he needed to tie [his shoes] up tighter."
— Aaron Falk
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