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Utah Jazz dominates Miami Heat from start to finish

The first time the Heat and Jazz faced off this season, Miami rallied from a 19-point deficit to win the game.

There was no comeback on Wednesday. Just a dominant Jazz performance from start to finish.

The Jazz started fast and never looked back, cruising to a 111-84 victory over the Heat (11-16) at Vivint Smart Home Arena. It marked Miami’s most lopsided loss of the season.

The Heat never gave itself a chance, with the Jazz starting the night on a 13-0 run on its way to ending the first quarter with a convincing 40-15 lead. Utah’s lead ballooned to 31 with 5:06 remaining in the second quarter.

It only got worse in the second half, as the Jazz pushed its lead to as many as 42 points.

Donovan Mitchell led Utah’s charge with 21 points, five rebounds and two steals. The Heat’s typically solid defense was no match for the Jazz’s offense Wednesday, with Utah shooting 52.6 percent from the field and making 16 of 32 threes.

For the Heat, the numbers were not as pretty as it played with starting point guard Goran Dragic (swollen right knee) for the 10th time in the past 12 games. Starting center Hassan Whiteside was also unavailable, missing his fourth consecutive game due the birth of his son.

Miami finished with a season-low in points (84). Rodney McGruder scored a team-high 16 for the Heat, with Kelly Olynyk contributing 14 points.

After winning the first two games on its season-long six-game trip, the Heat is now 2-2 during this stretch away from home. Miami continues the trip Friday against the Grizzlies before closing it out Sunday against the Pelicans.

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