Another day, another Dagger 3 brought the Utah Jazz down.
When Miami Heat’s Tyler Herro hit a 3 as time expired and helped his team beat the Jazz 126-123, the Jazz’s as the team may have hoped for Saturday night at the Vivint Arena. The calendar year did not end.
With 6.3 seconds remaining, Miami’s aptly named shooting guard dribbled the ball up three-quarters of the court before leaping, falling forward and scoring a game-changing shot.
“Credit to Tyler. He’s a great player and a great shot,” said Jazz coach Will Hardy shortly after Hero’s buzzer beater. “Six seconds, full he’s on the court, there’s not much he can do with the bonus.”
It was the second night in a row that the Jazz had a wrong end at the end of their winning trio. The loss continued Utah’s winless week and pushed the losing streak to his four games.
“It’s tough,” said Jordan Clarkson, who was covering Hero’s final shot. “This is two games he’s lost in the last seconds of regulation for the second night in a row.”
The Jazz are back at the Vivint Arena after a difficult three-match road trip. In five days he went 0-3. The final setback came against the Kings, which ended similarly to Saturday’s game against the Heat.
Three consecutive road losses marked the first time in a season in which the team did not hold a winning record.
Utah hit new lows after Saturday.
The Jazz and Heat had a .500 winning percentage in Saturday’s contest. However, Utah enters the new year with its first sub .500 record of the season.
The four-game losing streak gives the Jazz a 6-9 record in December, and Utah’s sixth loss in its last eight games.
When asked what it takes to get back on track, Lauri Markkanen said: That’s the only way we can get out of there. ”
Utah came together in the game against Miami. He trailed by five with less than 15 seconds remaining, and the Jazz tied the game with just him 7.9 seconds.
After Jordan Clarkson made three free throws, Victor Oladipo, who changed from questionable to usable on Saturday night, had a chance to end the game from the free-throw line with 13.2 seconds remaining. Despite having an impressive game in which he scored more than 20 points as one of the Heat’s three players, Oladipo split his two free throws and scored just his I opened the door to Jazz, who was behind by three points.
Markkanen used the opportunity to score three free throws to tie the game just before Herro’s shot.
“I think the defense in the second half was a lot better than the first half,” Hardy said. “Our physicality really stepped up. We put ourselves in a position where we could take the game into extra time.”
Markkanen scored in four consecutive games, leading the Jazz in scoring for the seventh time in the team’s last eight games. The rising star finished the game with his 29 points, his final three coming from the line.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praised Markkanen’s pregame. “Last year he played a key role in the playoff team,” Spoelstra said. “He’s got more chances here[in Utah]and I think Will and the coaching staff have given him a lot of confidence.
Despite Markkanen’s good performance, Jazz again fell short. But they feel they can bounce back.
“We have a great group,” Markkanen said. “We are all still working together. We are still having fun playing. increase.”
After the new year, the Jazz will take two days off before welcoming the Kings to Salt Lake on Tuesday, giving them the opportunity to turn ship right. I lost.