Heat Run Away In 2nd Half, Roll Past Rockets 113-91 – CBS Miami
MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat missed their top three goalscorers and still had more than enough to get past the Houston Rockets.
Kendrick Nunn hit a season high of 30 points, Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic added 19 each, and Miami defeated Houston 113-91 on Monday night.
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The Heat played without Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro – a trio averaging 55 points per game – and beat Houston 59-36 after half-time.
“It’s our culture, guys who are ready to leave and guys who want to leave their mark on the game,” said Miami’s Andre Iguodala, who scored 16 points. “Tonight was one of those evenings when a lot of people left their mark.”
Iguodala played for 28 minutes and the heat beat the missiles by 38 points as he lay on the ground. It was the fourth-highest plus-minus of Iguodala’s career.
“Andre was great tonight,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Miami (30-28) finished within 1 ½ games of No. 4 Atlanta and one game of No. 5 Boston and No. 6 New York in the Eastern Conference rankings.
Kevin Porter Jr. and Christian Wood each scored 18 points for the Rockets, who have lost 33 of their last 37 games. John Wall scored 14 for Houston.
“Our communication just wasn’t there in the second half,” said Wood.
The missiles were without Sterling Brown after the team said he was attacked by unknown attackers and sustained facial injuries the night before. The NBA said it was looking into the incident, and the Rockets said Brown, who agreed to a $ 750,000 deal last year after being shocked with a taser and during an encounter with police in Milwaukee that year Arrested in 2018 would recover.
“Maybe the emotion of the day caught up with us towards the end,” said Rockets coach Stephen Silas. “I think we looked tired towards the end of the game.”
Houston was leading 55-54 in half, and the third quarter turned everything for Miami. The Heat beat the Rockets 35:19, with Nunn and Robinson scooping 19 points and five 3-point points this quarter alone.
Woods 3-pointer with 6:26 left brought Houston in 15 minutes. Miami then made a 14-0 run to turn the game into an outlier.
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“Boys were out,” said Nunn, who also had eight assists and seven rebounds. “We had to step up and get the job done.”
Rockets: Houston is now 6-9 in games immediately after winning this season and 9-34 after losing. … The Rockets play seven of their next eight home games and end the season with five out of six games on the road.
Heat: Each of Miami’s first 10 field goals was supported. … Miami has used a different lineup for the third time in a row. The heat is up to 24 this season, nine more than a year ago. … Butler missed the game with a sprained right ankle, Herro with a sore right foot and Adebayo – whose volatile jumper gave Miami a 109-107 win over Brooklyn on Sunday – with a sore right knee. … Dewayne Dedmon scored 12 points.
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Robinson made five 3-pointers and gave him 202 that season. He is the first player in Heat history to make 200 3s multiple times in one season and the 21st player in NBA history to do so. He’s also now up to 482 in his Heat career, moving past Dwyane Wade (481) to finish sixth on the franchise list.
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Missile striker Kelly Olynyk finished his first game in Miami since the deal that sent Victor Oladipo into the heat on his 30th birthday with 10 points.
Missiles: Utah hosted Wednesday.
Heat: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday.
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