Miami Heat’s Firepower a Sight For Houston Rockets To Behold

December 30th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
With less than 35 seconds left, rare good fortune seemed to smile on the Rockets.

Of the five Miami Heat players on the floor available to foul, Chase Budinger wrapped up the right one. Down just three points, all the Rockets needed was for Joel Anthony to live up to his 62-percent free throw percentage. He had bricked his first two attempts and did so with a hitch that corrupted his otherwise fine foul shooting form.

Instead, Anthony did what role players alongside world-beaters are wont to do. He rattled in the first and swished the second. Aaron Brooks then missed a well contested three-pointer that sealed the outcome.

The Rockets hung with the Heat on Wednesday night until Dwyane Wade's Toyota Center mastery became an obstacle they could not overcome. Miami escaped with a 124-119 victory one night after holding off Amar'e Stoudemire's surging New York Knicks.

This writer predicted a loss, perhaps a blowout, in a Monday column. The tight defeat now sets up a must win New Year's Eve clash with the Toronto Raptors. The Rockets will win that game and return to the .500 ranks, but I am not about to bet wearing ...

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