WATCH: Chris Bosh Stuffs Gordon Hayward’s Dunk Attempt

Bryan Brandom
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In a battle of two teams missing key players, the Miami Heat squeaked by the young Utah Jazz on Thursday night, 92-91.

Such a narrow defecit makes this Chris Bosh stuff of a Gordon Hayward dunk attempt that much sweeter.

With Dwyane Wade out, Chris Bosh had a monstrous game, scoring 25 points to go with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks.

In light of Wade's absence, and that of the recently traded Mario Chalmers, Heat reserve guard Tyler Johnson stepped up a larger role. The sophomore came off the bench to score 17 on 8-of-12 shooting, filling the rest of the stat sheet as well: 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.

"Tyler is awesome," Bosh said after the game. "He can play. He's had a great camp, he comes in and he works hard every day, works on his weaknesses, goes out there and lays it on the line and competes. He's literally started from the bottom and worked his way up into playing a very huge role for this team."

The Jazz were playing without starting center Rudy Gobert, who has a sprained ankle.

With his frontcourtmate gone, Derrick Favors had a huge game: 25 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 7 blocks. And the Jazz 24 from each Hayward and bench guard Alec Burks.

"You want to win, but at the same time to get the effort that we got tonight you can't be too upset with some of the performances that some of our guys gave," said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. "You can be upset with the result."

 

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