Rockets Bounce Heat
The Houston Rockets defeated the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night to improve to 5-0 on the season and also snapped their five game losing streak in Miami. Rockets came in firing away early hitting a couple of baskets consecutively due to great ball movement most notably from Kostas Papanikolaou who had to check in for Donatas Montiejunas, who was in early foul trouble start for the injured Terrance Jones. In the second quarter, Houston had a bit a drought with not making a basket , until Canaan connected on a three. Notable James Harden only hit three shots in the entire first half while going 10-10 from the free throw line. Harden and Howard both had 18 points going into the half leading Miami by two.
Rockets started the second half on a 11-4 run and would expand the lead to 13 in the third with guard Patrick Beverly, who came back from a hamstring injury went 4-5 from three. The Heat countered the Rockets run going on a 10-0 run lead by Heat forward Chris Bosh who finished with 21 points and eight boards.
In the fourth, Trevor Ariza managed to put behind a bad first half and came out scored nine points in the fourth quarter and finished with 19 points to help build the Rockets lead even more to pull away from the Miami Heat. James Harden finished the game with 25 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Rockets center Dwight Howard also dominated finishing with 26 points and 10 boards to hand Miami its first loss on the season. For the Heat Dwayne Wade also finished with 19 points. The Rockets are 5-0 for the fifth time in franchise history. Also the team made NBA history being the first team to score 100 points and allow fewer than 100 in each of its first five games in a season.
On Deck: San Antonio Spurs
The Rockets will return Thursday night to Toyota Center to face the defending champs San Antonio Spurs on TNT.