Wins have been rare for the Miami Heat this season but they got a big win on Tuesday when they upset the visiting James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Miami matched the Rockets’ offensive pace and got the 109-103 victory.
Harden notched a triple-double, his 13th this season, but the Heat spoiled the effort by playing good defense in the final quarter. Goran Dragic showed off his all-around game with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists while Hassan Whiteside had a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds.
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“I’m glad to see our guys get rewarded finally for all the work, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. We talk about it all the time. You keep on putting in deposits, to the team, to the work, continue to work to get better … trust that process,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said via ESPN.
The Heat needed to work harder after four straight losses via blowouts the previous week. The win against the Rockets, one of the best teams in the league, should serve as a confidence-booster for the rebuilding Miami squad.
Harden finished with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. This is the fourth time this season that he registered a triple-double with 40-plus points. Offense was not the only problem for Houston as they allowed the Heat to score 30 points in the final quarter.
The Rockets shot just 40.0% from the field overall and made nine three-pointers. Houston averaged 15 made threes per game before the loss to the Heat. The Rockets shot poorly from the three-point area going 9-of-39 for the game.
Dragic and Whiteside had lots of support in this win. Dion Waiters had 17 points and three players scored in double-figures off the bench. Reserves Tyler Johnson, James Johnson and Wayne Ellington all scored 15 points or better for the night.
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