The Heat finally end on the right side of the scoreboard, as they defeat the Houston Rockets, 113-104. The win improves their record to 45-19 on the season.
For the Heat, Ray Allen scored a team-high 25 points off the bench. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and dished seven assists. LeBron James finished with 24 points, to go along with five rebounds and five assists.
For the Rockets, James Harden scored a game-high 30 points. Dwight Howard scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Patrick Beverley added 15 points and five assists.
This game was tight for 44 minutes, as evidenced by the Heat holding a four-point lead after the first quarter (32-28), and just a three-point lead at halftime (57-54). The Rockets took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter (81-79), and held a four-point lead with 4:26 left in the fourth (102-98). From that point on, the Heat locked down defensively and executed really well offensively. That execution led the Heat to a 15-2 down the stretch and a badly needed win.
James played his usual, and Wade looked like the Wade of old, but the story of the game has to be Allen. He’s been much maligned for his subpar (by his standards) shooting and lacking defensive play, but he’s stepped up majorly for the Heat over the last two games when they’ve needed him. Hopefully this is the beginning of a strong stretch for Allen as the playoffs draw closer.
The Heat’s next game is Tuesday, as they travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers (26-40). The tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm. Check out Razorgator for all your Miami Heat tickets.