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LeBron, Miami bulldoze Utah Jazz
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Utah Jazz's Mo Williams (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) shoots over Miami Heat defenders Norris Cole (30), Ray Allen (34) and Udonis Haslem (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem pressures Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) shoots a three-pointer against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Heat won 105-89. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Utah Jazz's Earl Watson (11) pressures Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Heat won 105-89. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) shoots as Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) and Udonis Haslem (40) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Heat won 105-89. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) is fouled by Utah Jazz's Randy Foye, right, and Jamaal Tinsley, left, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Heat won 105-89. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, right, goes to the basket against Utah Jazz's DeMarre Carroll (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Heat won 105-89. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) is fouled by Miami Heat's Joel Anthony (50) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Heat won 105-89. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin gives instructions during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Miami, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Heat won 105-89. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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"It hurt us," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "It took our pace and speed down. He’s one of our key guys, and we need all our key pieces — especially against a team like that."

With Williams out, the Jazz needed someone else to step up, and aside from nine second-half points from Gordon Hayward (who finished with 15 off the bench) it didn’t happen. Jefferson, who entered the game averaging a team-best 16.8 points, finished with six points and 10 rebounds. He scored fewer than 10 points for the second straight game.

"They fronted me," Jefferson said, "then when I did catch the ball, they double-teamed me."

The Jazz’s hot hand, Marvin Williams, had 12 points in the first quarter, but bewilderingly played just 15 minutes the rest of the game. He finished with 16 points.

Corbin spent the night trying to find an answer for James, playing both Williams and Paul Millsap on him. But James wasn’t the only problem for the Jazz. The Heat presented predictable issues for the Jazz. Their playmakers — James and Dwyane Wade — can beat nearly any defender off the dribble. If another player slides over to help, it inevitably leaves a man open — usually for 3.

"I feel like that happened a lot in the second half," Marvin Williams said, "and those guys made big shots."

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The Heat made 11 of 24 3-pointers, including four by Battier and two each by Ray Allen and Mike Miller.

But the man throwing daggers? That was James.

"It’s no mystery," Marvin Williams said. "Like I said, man, he’s considered one of the best players in this world for a reason."

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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Utah trails by only four at halftime, but Miami squashes Jazz offense.

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O LeBron James leads Miami with 30 points and the Heat run over the reeling Jazz.

» The Jazz trail 47-43 at halftime, but give up eight straight points to start the third quarter.

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