In the end, after Miami converted two heartbreaking free throws, the Jazz dropped to 6-17 on the year with a 100-95 loss.
Dennis Christensen has counted as many as 22 mule deer hanging out in his backyard.
Last week, there were 13 milling around and leaving not-so-friendly reminders on the lawn.
But their numbers are shrinking.
State wildlife managers, Bountiful leaders and volunteers are collaborating this winter in an effort to trap and move urban deer from suburban neighborhoods to remote locations across Utah.
An improbable 100-96 win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs ranks as one of the league’s biggest upsets of the year. And the Jazz earned this one, playing 48 minutes of effective basketball and hitting big shot after big shot. With victory all but assured — 51 seconds remaining — 18,382 at EnergySolutions Arena celebrated the end of a nine-game losing streak.