SALT LAKE CITY -- It doesn't take a basketball genius to know the Miami Heat can occasionally put on an air show. Shoot, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the floor it seems the spectacular is always just a play away.
Maybe so, but before Monday's Jazz-Heat game at EnergySolutions Arena, Utah swingman Gordon Hayward said it's important to remain focused even though it's tempting to watch those superstars defy gravity.
"There are plays that people make in this game that -- we're all basketball fans -- you know, are pretty amazing," he said.
Hayward said James and Wade, of course, make dazzling plays sometimes but they're certainly not alone.
"Guys on our team make pretty amazing plays, too," he said. "We respect (the Heat, specifically Wade and James) we respect their games but we're not going to relax at all because of that."
Last Saturday Wade and James joined forces for a highlight reel alley-oop against the Sacramento Kings.
Wade took an outlet pass, broke into the fastbreak and lobbed the ball ahead to James, who raced in for a reverse dunk. It even delighted the Kings' home crowd.
It's worth Googling, that's for sure.
"That's what they are, they're momentum plays," Wade said. "I know sometimes he needs it to get himself going, sometimes our team needs it. I told him, 'You know how many layups I done gave up to make you look good?'"
The Heat put a few highlight reel plays together on Monday, but the Jazz did a solid job of slowing them down through much of the second and third quarters. James finished with 32 points but as a team Miami struggled to rebound and were outscored 19-0 in second-chance points.
Jazz 104, Heat 97
* BEST PLAY: Gordon Hayward gives the Jazz a huge lift in the final seconds, dribbling the clock down before breaking down Miami's Ray Allan with a behind-the-back move and a pull up jumper. It gave Utah a 100-93 lead with 40 seconds left.
* BEST LINE: Hayward scored 22 points off the bench, hitting 8-for-13 from the field with a 3-for-4 performance from behind the 3-point line. He also added four assists.
* KEY STAT: The Jazz outrebounded the Heat by an eye-popping margin, 40-23.
* SIDELINE MOMENT: As Al Jefferson shot free throws with 18 seconds left, Hayward looked around to find LeBron, the guy he was supposed to guard when Miami got the ball back. Turns out James was on the far sideline, chit-chatting with Jazz fans on the font row. Finally, someone from the Jazz bench pointed it out to Hayward, who had no idea.
* NOT QUITE A MILESTONE: James came into the game 50 points shy of 20,000 for his career. After morning shootaround, Jazzman Marvin Williams was asked if he knew how many point he was away from 20,000.
"Oh man, I'd say, maybe, 16,000; 15,000, maybe?" he said.
In case you were wondering, he came into Monday's game with 5,901 career points, so his guess was actually very accurate.
James finished the game with 32 points. Williams, for what it's worth, had five.
* INJURY REPORT: Marvin Williams (right knee inflammation) had missed Utah's last three games but was cleared to play against the Heat. He started and played 32 minutes. However, the Jazz were without point guard Mo Williams (right thumb).
* ETC.: Hayward scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. ... James played the entire fourth quarter for Miami, but center Chris Bosh played only 40 seconds and Wade didn't play at all. ... Corbin gave his players the next two days off. They won't practice again until Thursday. He did, however, insist they workout on their own. ... In the postgame locker room, Enes Kanter slipped on a fashionable white sport coat. Teammate Randy Foye jokingly suggested Kanter must've killed a polar bear to make the jacket. It actually appeared to be made of man-made fibers.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz won't play again until Saturday, when they play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers.