Rockets vs. Heat: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2017 Regular Season

January 17th, 2017 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

The Houston Rockets have been cruising along during their first season under head coach Mike D'Antoni, but they hit a speed bump Tuesday evening in South Beach. 

Matched up against the fledgling Miami Heat (12-30), the Rockets (32-12) fell victim to sloppy passing, shoddy shooting and general lethargy in a 109-103 loss. The win represented Miami's third since Dec. 22, while the loss was Houston's third over its past four games. 

The Rockets—who are the only NBA team with over 600 made threes so far this season—were in an uncharacteristic funk from beyond the arc all night. They finished 9-of-39 on long-range attempts.

Of course, it didn't help that Ryan Anderson (illness) was unavailable and Eric Gordon (seven points, 3-of-17 shooting) couldn't buy a bucket. 

As a result, James Harden's 13th triple-double of the season (40 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST)—and fourth with at least 40 points, per SportsCenter on Twitter—went to waste: 

The Heat were paced by 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists ...

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