The Miami HEAT came back from an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Houston Rockets. It marked the HEAT's third win in a close game, and the first such game on the road. The HEAT, now 6-2, travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers Wednesday night. Here's a quick game recap:
Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James. I’m not sure you needed me to tell you that, but there just isn’t any other option. James led the HEAT with 38 points and 10 rebounds and added six assists. Of his 38 points, James scored 32 in the second half, 16 in each quarter. Late in the fourth quarter, James scored eight straight HEAT points to pull the team to victory. James’ defense was almost as good as his offense. James provided great help defense on a late drive from James Harden and stymied Harden again on the final shot of the game.
The Deciding Run: The HEAT were down 103-96 with 4:13 left after a Patrick Patterson jumper. From that point forward, the HEAT outscored the Rockets 17-7 to pull away for the victory. During that stretch, the HEAT made a pair of huge threes and Chris Bosh made some clutch free throws.
Play of the Game: There are a lot of choices here, but the play of the game was Chris Bosh’s rebound after a missed free throw with seven seconds left and the HEAT up one. Bosh was fouled and made both of his free throws, stretching the HEAT lead to three, which affected how the Rockets approached their final possession.
Sum It Up, Coach: “We were a little bit mentally tougher this time around and were able to stick in there even with some of the tough threes that they made and then execute down the stretch.” –Erik Spoelstra
Trend to Watch: The HEAT have rebounded well the last three games after a little bit of a shaky start. The HEAT have been one of the better rebounding teams in the league the past two seasons, which is important because it allows the HEAT to transition from offense to defense very quickly. As the HEAT get adjusted to their new personnel, the rebounding numbers should improve.
The Takeaway: The HEAT were able to bounce back in a couple of different ways against the Rockets. The HEAT came back after a loss to Memphis the night before and were able to split their first road back-to-back of the season. Also, the HEAT were able to bounce back within the game, digging out of an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to grab a nice victory. The HEAT have won all three of their close games this season, showing great resiliency and the ability to close opponents out.
Notes: Chris Bosh finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Monday marked Shane Battier’s return to Houston after he spent parts of five seasons with the Rockets. He made a pair of corner threes and drew a charge, just a couple of things Houston fans should remember well. The HEAT starting lineup had 23 assists and just seven turnovers. Mike Miller, James Jones, Joel Anthony and Terrel Harris did not play. Dexter Pittman and Josh Harrellson were inactive.
vintage lebron, flashes of cleveland lebron, no doubt. he took more than 25 shots, i dont even remember the last time he took that many shots, he clearly put a stamp on that game.
and he CLOSED too. lol
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