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Five takeaways from Heat-Jazz

Five takeaways from the Heat?s ugly 84-74 victory over the Utah Jazz Friday night, which got Miami back to .500 at 6-6 and improved the team to 3-2 on this six-game road trip:

1. Defense really is the key to the Heat?s success. Before the Heat left on this six-game road trip following an ugly win over the lowly Bulls at home, Miami was playing like a middle-of-the road defensive, ranking 17th in the league in defensive rating (104.9).

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Since the trip began in Denver, the Heat has flipped its defensive switch on, ranking fourth in defensive rating (97.1) over its last five games and resembling much more of the team that ranked third in defensive rating (103.3) when it finished the second half of last season 30-11.

Friday night?s second half performance was one to remember.

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Utah led by 12 at halftime and then shot 1 for 18 in the third quarter (the third time in Heat history an opponent has been held to just one field goal in a quarter) and 4 for 33 in the second half total (no Heat team had ever held an opponent under six field goals for a half before Friday).

?The guys played amazing man.

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They were locked in,? Hassan Whiteside said. ?We came in the second half and we made a commitment. We brought it in [into a huddle] and we said ?If we seriously want to be a top five defense, let?s get to it man.

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We got several guys that are All-Defensive guys regardless of votes. They came out there and scored four field goals the whole second half.?

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