Josh Richardson's layup with 5.1 seconds to go secured a narrow 103-102 victory for the Miami Heat and condemned the Utah Jazz to a third straight loss.
The Salt Lake City franchise is in the midst of a horrible slump having now lost 13 of their last 16 games.
After enjoying a six-game winning streak in late November, the wheels appear to have come off their season and they've fallen to 16-24 in the Western Conference.
They're now in danger of missing out on the playoffs this year unless they add more firepower to their roster.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell has been a revelation for the Jazz and has been the one bright spark in their season so far.
He leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game but they're short on offensive options outside of the young guard.
Rodney Hood has the ability to score but he's been battling injuries this year and has struggled for consistency.
He's the only other player on the team that can put up numbers and head coach Quinn Snyder chooses to use him with the second unit for that reason.
His 16.8 points per game are respectable but after him, there's a drop in production with Derrick Favors posting just 12.5 points and Ricky Rubio dropping 11.3.
They have one of the lowest scoring offenses in the league at 100.9 points per game. Only the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings score less.
Having their star player Rudy Gobert out for much of the campaign hasn't helped them but he could be huge when he returns in the coming weeks.
Their playoff hopes, however, will depend on what the front office can do before the trade deadline as they need to bring in some pieces.
Despite a strong start to the year, Nikola Mirotic is still seeking a trade away from the Chicago Bulls and he could be one addition to improve them in the frontcourt.
Having a stretch four would add another dimension to the Jazz offense and a frontcourt partnership of Mirotic and Gobert in the second half of the campaign could be interesting.
For the Bulls, he's averaging 17.4 points and seven rebounds and has been a huge reason for their resurgence in the past month.
They could offer an expiring contract like Favors, who's not expected to remain with them beyond this year.
He’s also on a relatively decent two-year, $25 million contract that includes a team option in year two, which will make taking on his salary even less risky.
It could be a good fit but if they have any hopes of securing a postseason berth they need to enter the trade market.
Even though Mitchell has had a terrific year, it's too early in his NBA career to ask him to carry such a huge offensive load and risk wearing him out later in the year.
It's a big month ahead for general manager Dennis Lindsey and he'll certainly have to earn his money.News Now - Sport News