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Heat resume trip with matchup at Utah

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat have squeezed by in each of their last two games and will aim for an easier time Saturday against the Utah Jazz.

The Heat posted a close 102-96 win versus the Detroit Pistons on Monday at home, then boarded a flight out west and handed the Los Angeles Clippers a 116-112 setback Wednesday at Staples Center.

LeBron James nearly posted a triple-double and recorded 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, but Ray Allen hit a clutch 3-pointer down the stretch to help Miami win for a third straight time and improve to 8-2 in the last 10. Allen made it 112-107 with 42.4 seconds to go and the Clippers never got closer than four points the rest of the way.

Allen and Chris Bosh scored 15 points apiece, while Shane Battier and Dwyane Wade each ended with 14. Blake Griffin was a beast for Los Angeles and finished with a game-high 43 points.

Miami dished out a franchise quarter-high 15 assists and shot 69.6 percent in the opening 12 minutes. It shot 52.6 percent in the first of six straight away games and pushed its road mark to 15-9. The Heat have won two in a row and four of five road games.

"It's tough to win on the road, it's about finding a way," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who needs five wins for 300 in his career. "We got tested tonight."

The Heat have only three home games in February, the least amount in South Beach in a complete calendar month during a season in team lore. They will also visit Phoenix, Golden State, Dallas and Oklahoma City, and have scored 90 or more points in 26 straight games.

Meanwhile, James is third in the NBA with 26.3 ppg and is posting an average of 28.9 ppg in the last 15. He needs one more double-double for 100 as a member of the Heat.

Utah is mired in a four-game losing streak and has a 2-6 record in the last eight games. The losing ways continued with Friday's 103-81 demolition at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, as Marvin Williams scored all 21 of his points in the first half to lead Utah.

Trey Burke scored 13 points and handed out five assists, while Richard Jefferson was the only other Utah player to score in double figures with 10 points. The Mavericks won every quarter by scoring 20-plus points and buried 10-of-18 3-pointers.

"I thought they were the aggressive team," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They had the most energy. Give them credit, they executed better than we did."

The Jazz are 10-14 in Salt Lake City this season and dropped a 117-94 decision at Miami on Dec. 16. James had 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in that one and the Jazz were led by Alec Burks' 31 points.

Miami is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings between the teams, but has lost two in a row and four of six trips to Utah.

02/08 10:10:19 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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