Well that was fun while it lasted!
The Miami Heat have been injecting the City with excitement after winning their first three games in impressive fashion. The Heat won their first three games (against Toronto, Philadelphia and Washington) before finally coming down to earth last night in a loss to the Rockets.
The Heat’s sync on both offense and defense had been unparalleled, moving the ball with less ego than a hot potato game. On defense, the effort exerted was that of the gritty, stingy and grimy Pat Riley 90’s Heat team. Miami has been playing with a chip on their shoulder. Last night they just flat out ran into the hottest team in the NBA.
The Houston Rockets looked formidable. Their inside-out game gave Miami nightmare matchups defensively. Dwight Howard on the inside scored 26 points against the STILL undersized Miami front court. James Harden on the outside cruised to 25 points while nearly triple doubling with 10 assists and 9 rebounds. The Heat stormed back briefly in the fourth quarter and brought the game within 4 points with 4 minutes to go. However, Ariza (19 pts), Houston’s three-point and defensive specialist, drained a couple dagger three pointers and forced a couple of turnovers from Wade who struggled in the late fourth quarter.
The Heat played well overall, but the Houston offense was just too much. They will look to bounce back tonight against MJ’s team, who now have the Heat’s old foe Lance Stephenson on the roster.
Hou: J. Harden 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk
Mia: C. Bosh 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl
NEXT GAME: TODAY 7:00 PM @ Charlotte.