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Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors, left, defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) defends Utah Jazz's Richard Jefferson, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra shouts to his team during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams, right, shoots as Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat's Chris Andersen dunks against the Utah Jazz in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) dunks against the Utah Jazz in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) shoots as Utah Jazz's Alec Burks (10) defends during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin reacts to a call during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Alec Burks (10) shoots as Miami Heat's Greg Oden (20) defends and Heat's Ray Allen (34) watches during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer while Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) looks away during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat's LeBron James walks off the court at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 94-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) goes to the basket as Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 94-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Richard Jefferson (24) fouls Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 94-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter (0) dunks the ball on Miami Heat's Chris Andersen in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 94-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) defends against Utah Jazz's Alec Burks, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 94-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) shoots as Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward, left, defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) shoots as Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1) and Utah Jazz's Diante Garrett (8) look on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 94-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Confetti fell from the rafters, and fans stood on their feet, screaming and applauding as if they had just witnessed a championship victory.

It was not, of course.

The parade planners can still focus on South Beach over South Salt Lake. But in beating the Miami Heat 94-89 Saturday night, the Utah Jazz have a win of which they can be proud.

"Them being great, it’s easy to get up for them," Jazz coach Ty Corbin said of the defending champions. "These guys are great. Our locker room should be excited about the effort tonight and should be excited about a great win. [Miami is] the best team in the world."

The win was even more surprising giving Utah’s performance the night before in Dallas, when the Mavericks ran roughshod over them. After the loss, the Jazz’s fourth in a row, forward Marvin Williams had words for his teammates.

"We were disappointed in our effort," he said.

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So Saturday?

"It was an answer game," Richard Jefferson said.

For the Jazz, Williams was again instrumental, matching his season high with 23 points — his third game in a row with 20 or more. Twelve of those points came in the first quarter, as the Jazz blitzed the Heat, jumping out to a 32-20 lead.

Utah pushed the advantage to 14 before Miami made a game of it.

Behind 19 points from All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, the Heat rallied to recapture the lead late in the second quarter.

But the Jazz, lifeless the night before, responded this time.

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The Jazz hold LeBron James to 13 points, which matched his season low, on 4-of-13 shooting.

» Marvin Williams hits five 3-pointers for the second straight night.

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