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Saturday, February 8th (All times Eastern)

Miami Heat (35-13) at Utah Jazz (16-33), 9 p.m.

(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 16:04:39 ET

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TEMPL 70
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
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DET 4
ATL 6
 
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TAM 2
BAL 3
 
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PIT 1
NYY 2
 
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HOU 6
PHI 3
 
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MIA 1
STL 4
 
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SFG 8
CHC 6
 
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CIN 3
CLE 9
 
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CWS 1
LOS 6
 
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ANA 3
MIL 2
 
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CHC 2
OAK 2
 
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SEA 9
SDP 4
 
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KAN 5
TEX 4
 
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ARI 4
COL 3
 
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WAS 5
NYM 4
 
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MIN 8
BOS 8
 
8th
BAL 5
TOR 0
 
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CHI 48
OKC 50
 
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MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
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SIENA 71
NIAG 54
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LEH 62
AMER 68
 
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SCAR 74
ARK 78
 
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LAF 89
BU 64
 
Final
PETE 63
FAIR 33
 
1st OT
BUCK 84
HC 77
 
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UNF 71
LIP 57
 
Final
TENNM 65
MORE 76
 
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COL 72
NAVY 62
 
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ECU 56
TEMPL 70
 
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FATL 62
UAB 59
 
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FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
1st OT
CHAR 84
WKENT 88
 
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MINN 63
WISC 76
Final
MIZST 48
SILL 55
 
2nd
COPST 73
DELST 83
 
Final
FIU 59
MTST 54
 
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HAMP 53
NORST 63
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
2nd
COOK 55
SCST 44
 
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APP 64
TXST 60
 
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GSOUT 69
TXARL 61
 
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LAMON 33
UGST 28
 
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ODU 52
MARS 38
 
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TXSA 56
RICE 63
 
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FAM 23
SAV 28
 
2nd
LATU 50
SMISS 37
 
1st
JST 25
ALAAM 11
 
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GRAM 4
ALAST 14
 
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TXSOU 27
ALCOR 17
 
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NICST 40
CARK 24
 
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TAMCC 46
HOUB 29
 
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NARZ 22
PORST 23
 
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LAM 10
SHSU 9
 
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ARKST 33
SALA 47
 
1st
PVU 11
SOUTH 9
 
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LALAF 26
ARKLR 20
 
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NO 19
SELA 15
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
1st
ARZ 18
CAL 14
 
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WASH 6
COL 20
 
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WEBER 15
IDAHO 11
 
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UCONN 9
MEM 22
 
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UTEP 19
UNT 13
 
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STEPH 21
NWST 16
 
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SUTAH 14
SACST 17
 
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DAVID 14
VCU 6
 
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IDST 22
EWASH 25
 
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QUIN 9
MAR 8
 
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BEL 5
EILL 0
 
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BOS 3
CAL 3
 
3rd
WAS 1
MIN 2
 
3rd
PHI 3
STL 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 3
DAL 2
 
2nd Intermission
TAM 2
TOR 1
 
2nd
NAS 1
NYI 2
 
1st
ARI 0
VAN 0
 
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