Emptying the notebook after Jazz beat Heat

Leftover quotes from the Jazz’s thrilling 99-98 win over the Heat:

• Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on what the Jazz took from the win:

“What we have to take carrying forward is (knowing) what we have to do and how tight we have to be as a unit on both ends of the floor to give ourselves a chance to win these kind of ballgames. This was a great effort tonight and a great win for this team against a great ballclub.”

• Corbin on the Jazz’s last defensive stand during which LeBron James passed out of a forming double team to Udonis Haslem, who missed a game-winner:

“I thought we did a good job. We came across on the pick-and-roll. They went small on us. Devin (Harris) did a good job of actually hedging Haslem, threw his rhythm off a little bit.

“LeBron had made some big shots and I was a little concerned when he got the ball in his hands. He make plays. That’s why he and D-Wade are who they are — they make key plays for them. But, you know what, it was the right basketball play to make. Haslem had a good look and fortunately for us he missed the shot.”

• Harris on James passing the ball:

“He made the right play. Udonis is open. That’s where he makes a lot of shots. Fortunately for us, he missed it.”

Al Jefferson on the Heat’s final possession:

“LeBron, he always going to make the best decision, the best basketball play. I have seen U.D. hit that shot over and over, but he missed and we done go with the win.”

• Jefferson on why he passed the ball to Harris, who converted a game-winning three-point play:

“When I passed it to Devin, he gave me a look like, ‘Why are you passing it for?’ And then he attacked and got the three-point play. I asked him why you look at me like that? He said he thought I had a chance to go on and score the ball. But I’d just missed my last couple of shots. I seen Devin open and he owed me from that three he missed earlier. He said he got me. He paid for it with a three, the old-school play.

• Jefferson laughed while taking exception to a reporter saying that the Jazz let Miami rally from down 18 to take a late three-point lead:

“We didn’t let them come back. They came back. We didn’t let them back. LeBron was hitting some tough shots. Our defense was there. Better offense than defense. We knew if we just playing together, kept sticking with it and kept running our offense we were going to have a chance to win and we did.”

• Paul Millsap remarked that James has been deferring the last-second shots to teammates all season, so he said the Jazz weren’t surprised that he did it again:

“If Has had hit that shot then oh well. We can live that. I was up. I was ready. I thought for sure (James) was going to shoot it. I was getting ready to double him, get the ball out of his hands. He passed it to Haslem for whatever reason. He missed a shot.”

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