Monday, July 13, 2015

Recap: Heat 82, Jazz 79

Despite missing 10th overall pick Justise Winslow in Saturday's lineup, the Miami Heat fared just fine in their first game of the Las Vegas Summer League. Instead, it was a second-rounder and an undrafted rookie that led the Heat Saturday over the Utah Jazz.
40th overall pick Josh Richardson had 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks for Miami, who is now 6-0 in the 2015 Summer League after winning all five games in Orlando earlier this week. The 21-year-old University of Tennessee product commanded the Heat offense with precision, turning the ball over just once in over 28 minutes on the floor.
Undrafted Miami signing Gabriel Olaseni also impressed on both ends of the floor, scoring 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, grabbing seven rebounds and limiting the Jazz's 12th overall pick, Trey Lyles, to just 8 points. Greg Whittington added 13 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the Heat.
Second-year guard Bryce Cotton, who played 15 games for Jazz last season, led all scorers with 28 points on 8-for-15 shooting and 10-for-11 from the free throw line. Utah's primary scoring threat without regular starters Rodney Hood (right shoulder) and Dante Exum (left ankle), Cotton also grabbed 5 rebounds and had four assists.
Besides Cotton, only Chris Johnson, who averaged seven points for the Jazz in two games last season, reached double figures in scoring for Utah on Saturday.
Though Miami led throughout the entire second half, the game was close until the final buzzer. Utah was able to cut Miami's lead down to one midway in the third quarter, and three in the final minute.
Miami (1-0) has Sunday off before facing Denver on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Utah (0-1) is also off Sunday, and next plays Minnesota on Monday at 10:30 p.m.

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