Houston, TX (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 32 points in the second
half and the Miami Heat rallied late for a 113-110 win over the Houston
Rockets on Monday.
James finished with 38 points for the game. He also hauled in 10 rebounds and
dished out six assists. Miami trailed the entire fourth quarter until James
scored on a layup with 18 seconds left to play, giving the Heat the lead for
Chris Bosh also tallied a double-double, finishing with 24 points and 10
rebounds. Dwyane Wade chipped in with 19 points, seven assists and six
rebounds in the victory.
"He is a big player that can go inside and outside," Wade said of Bosh. "It's
a luxury having a guy like that. He understands how much he means to this
Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 25 points and James Harden had 22, but
he missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the end of the game for Houston,
which has lost four of its last five games.
"We have confidence in our guys that next time those shots are available we
will hit them," Harden said of his team down the stretch. "Good game we kept
our turnovers down tonight, we just couldn't come out with the win."
Omer Asik finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14
boards in the defeat for the Rockets, who are still playing without head coach
Kevin McHale, who is away from the team for family reasons.
After a strong third quarter, the Rockets took a three point lead into the
final period. A 3-pointer by Marcus Morris extended the Rockets' lead to eight
with 6:13 to play, but then James began to lead the Heat back.
Scoring 16 of his points in the fourth, James connected on two threes to pull
the Heat within one at 107-106. Ray Allen drained a three on the Heat's
possession prior but Morris buried another trey to answer his shot.
Parsons answered James' three with one of his own to put the Rockets back on
top by four with 1:29 remaining, but James connected on 3-of-4 free throws
before scoring the go-ahead layup with 18 ticks to go.
Jeremy Lin air-balled a three on Houston's next touch, forcing the Rockets to
foul Wade, who missed both free throws but Bosh grabbed the offensive board.
Bosh connected on both from the line to seal the win for Miami.
The Heat, who were on fire early, went ice cold over the final six minutes of
the opening quarter.
After connecting on nine of their first 13 shots to open up a 20-5 lead midway
through the period, Miami scored just five more points the rest of the
The Rockets locked down defensively, blocking three shots and forcing three
turnovers during the stretch to spark an 11-0 run. Harden, who scored 10 in
the quarter, drained a 3-pointer at the end of the first to pull Houston
The Heat built their lead back up to 11 following a pair of free throws by
Wade with 8:57 to go in the second, but once again the Rockets cut away and
trailed just 56-52 going into halftime.
Houston then outscored the Heat 33-26 in third, grabbing the lead for the rest
of the quarter following a pair of Harden free throws.
This was Miami's third game of a six-game road trip ... James scored
in double-figures for the 427th straight game and for the 149th consecutive
for the Heat, breaking Wade's record of 148 ... The Rockets have lost their
last six games to the Heat.
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