Ray Allen came off the bench and had a quality performance, scoring 25 points on 7-11 shooting from the field (4-6 from behind the arc) and 7-7 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Miami included LeBron James with 24 points and 5 rebounds, Dwyane Wade with 24 points and 7 assists, and Chris Bosh with 18 points and 8 rebounds. James Harden had another strong game for Houston despite the loss, putting up 30 points on 7-16 shooting (5-12 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 11-12 from the free throw line.
In a battle of strength against strength, the offense of Miami was able to have success against a defense for Houston that is fifth-best in the league in forcing misses (48.5% opponents' eFG%), finishing with an eFG% of 57.1%. Along with their eFG% of 57.1%, the Heat connected at a rate of 40.9% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 16-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Rockets are 3-7 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Houston (44-22) has now lost three straight games.
Coming up next, the Heat take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 26-40 on the year. The Rockets match up with the Utah Jazz, currently 22-44 this season. The Heat came away with a win in two straight games against Cleveland. The Rockets are 1-1 versus Utah this season.