Heat outscore Rockets 46-14 in 1st quarter, set team mark

The Associated Press
Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) moves the ball during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) moves the ball during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat outscored the Houston Rockets 46-14 in the first quarter on Sunday night, the 32-point margin representing the third-biggest lead after 12 minutes in the NBA's shot-clock era.

It was the biggest margin by which the Heat had ever outscored an opponent in any quarter, topping a 28-point gap against the New York Knicks on Jan. 22, 2007. It also was the highest point total that the Rockets had ever been outscored by in a quarter; the previous was a 28-point third quarter gap by the Atlanta Hawks against the then-San Diego Rockets on Feb. 11, 1970.

The only bigger one-quarter margins since the shot clock went into effect in 1954 were the Los Angeles Lakers leading the Sacramento Kings 40-4 after one quarter on Feb. 4, 1987; the Buffalo Braves outscoring the Boston Celtics 58-23 in the fourth quarter of a game Oct. 20, 1972 that Boston won anyway; and the Baltimore Bullets leading the Kansas City-Omaha Kings 45-12 after one quarter on Dec. 9, 1972.

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The 46 points were also Miami's third-highest scoring quarter in franchise history. Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 13 points in the record-setting quarter.

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