Heat 114, Rockets 108By Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 10:20 PM EST
MIAMI, Fla. -- LeBron James scored 30 or more points for the third straight game, and the Miami Heat -- playing without All-Star Chris Bosh --prevailed in a 114-108 win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. James finished with 32 points, six rebounds and five assists. Miami also got 31 points, eight assists and five rebounds from Dwyane Wade. The Heat shut down the Rockets' prolific 3-point shooting. After tying an NBA record with 23 3-pointers on Tuesday, the Rockets made just 9 out of 23 3-pointers vs. the Heat. The Rockets had the ball and trailed by three points with 46 seconds left, but James Harden was called for charging, a foul that was drawn by Heat guard Mario Chalmers. Houston had the same opportunity with 18 seconds left, but James Anderson was assessed with a charging foul for ramming into Udonis Haslem. James hit one of two free throws to put Miami up 110-106 with 17.1 seconds left, and Wade blocked a Harden 3-pointer to seal the victory. The Heat won despite the fact that Bosh was out with the flu. Shane Battier started in Bosh's place and scored 12 points. Haslem added nine points and 13 rebounds. In James' two previous games, he scored 30 and 31 points, respectively. In fact, on Monday night, he set a career record with 93-percent accuracy (13 of 14) and said he got fouled on his only miss, a layup. Harden led the Rockets with 36 points. But point guard Jeremy Lin was held to 13 points. NOTES: Heat forward Battier's dunk against Charlotte on Monday was his first since Feb. 24, 2010. "Drink it in," Battier said. "That may be the last time you see me dunk." ... Houston was coming off Tuesday's 140-109 win over Golden State in which the Rockets tied an NBA record with 23 3-pointers. Jeremy Lin set a career high with five 3-pointers, and the Rockets made 58 percent of their shots from long distance. ... Recently acquired forward Chris Andersen, who got six rebounds in 15 minutes for the rebounding-challenged Heat, has quickly become very popular with his new team. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Andersen "will play until his tank is absolutely empty. Right now, he probably is only capable of eight minutes at the pace he plays at, but he will get in better shape as the season goes on." James added that Andersen "doesn't leave anything in the tank when he is on the floor, and we love that about him." ... Both the Heat and Rockets are back in action Friday. The Heat host the Clippers. The Rockets will host Portland.
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