The Clunkers Across America tour stopped in Utah on Saturday night.
Having already come up with creative road losses this season in Philadelphia, Sacramento and Washington, the Miami Heat created a new round of road chaos Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Coming out far more lethargic than a team coming off a two-day break had a right to, the Heat fell behind by 14 early, trailed at the close of each of the first three periods, saw LeBron James mostly settle for jumpers and careened to a 94-89 loss against the worst team in the Western Conference.
"We didn't make shots all night, and that's what it came down to," James said, in describing his 4-of-13 inaccuracy as well as the Heat's overall .433 waywardness.
Heat center Chris Bosh, though, said Utah deserved credit for shooting .486 from the field and 10 of 25 on 3-pointers.
"I thought we contested a lot of shots tonight," he said, "and they hit them like we weren't even there."
In addition to his off night from the field, James also had five turnovers, several at critical stages.
"It's just one of those days," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of James' performance. "You're not going to play great every single night."
Against a team that played, and was crushed, the previous night in Dallas, the Heat were stung by a pair of 3-pointers from forward Marvin Williams that put the Jazz up eight late, never able to regain their footing from there.
"We just didn't have a lot of rhythm offensively," Spoelstra said. "There wasn't a great flow the entire game.
"We figured it was going to be an ugly game. We just have to find a way when we're not making shot the way we're accustomed to."
Williams led the Jazz with 23 points. Dwyane Wade paced the Heat with 19, with James and Bosh each scoring 13, with the 13 matching James' season low.
The Heat have now lost four of their last five visits to Utah, including the past three. The Heat entered having won 8 of 10, on a three-game winning streak.
James scoffed at the notion of the Heat playing down to the competition.
"We did not take them lightly," he said. "We do not take anyone lightly."
The Jazz were able to push to a 75-68 lead early in the fourth quarter when Wade fouled Richard Jefferson while the Jazz forward was attempting a 3-pointer, with Jefferson making all three free throws. The shots capped a 7-0 Utah run to open the fourth.
With Utah up 77-70 with 7:54 to play, Spoelstra then reinserted James, who stood 4 of 11 from the field to that stage.
James then fell to 1 of 5 on 3-pointers, largely settling for jumpers, which the Jazz were content to yield.
Utah later pushed to another seven-point lead, 84-77, with 4:13 to play on 3-pointer by Williams, who then followed with another, this time off a scramble at the expiration of the shot clock, for an 87-79 Utah lead.
The Heat closed within 87-83 on a Ray Allen jumper, but center Derrick Favors responded with a pair of free throws to Utah.