National Basketball Association
Houston 121, Miami 118
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 28, 2019
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
#45 Brian Forte, #27 Mitchell Ervin, #25 Tony Brothers
James Harden produced his seventh career 50-point, 10-assist game to spur the Houston Rockets to a 121-118 comeback victory over the visiting Miami Heat on Thursday.
Harden finished with 58 points and 10 assists to key the rally but received help down the stretch from Austin Rivers (17 points on 7-of-8 shooting) and Chris Paul, whose pull-up jumper with 46.2 seconds left followed an errant Harden 3-pointer and extended the lead to three.
Miami grabbed a 113-103 lead on a Goran Dragic 3-pointer with 6:18 remaining, but the Rockets responded with a 14-0 run to the lead. Harden produced a three-point play and two driving layups during that stretch, but Paul secured the lead with two free throws at the 3:27 mark.
The Heat shot 51.9 percent overall but went cold at the wrong time, posting only 20 points on 6-for-17 shooting in the final period. Seven players scored in double figures for Miami, with Dragic and Kelly Olynyk scoring 21 points apiece while Houston native Justise Winslow added 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
Josh Richardson chipped in 18 points for the Heat, who converted 15 of 28 3-pointers and led by as many as 21 points via their red-hot shooting.
Paul and Gary Clark, a last-minute addition to the starting lineup, scored 14 apiece. The Rockets were without regulars Eric Gordon (knee), Kenneth Faried (hip) and Iman Shumpert (calf).
Breathtaking shooting spurred the Heat to their early advantage, with Miami utilizing a number of options to keep the Rockets on their heels defensively. The Heat attempted a modest four 3-pointers in the first quarter, converting each, before stretching that total to 13 by the break.
Miami connected on eight of those attempts from deep and, with Olynyk and Winslow each scoring 14 points on a combined 11-for-19 shooting, the Heat led 69-55 at the intermission. Miami shot 54.3 percent from the field and improved that clip by shooting 11-of-18 in the third period.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Goran Dragic 21
James Harden 58
Justise Winslow 8
James Harden 10
Justise Winslow 7
Clint Capela 11
Goran Dragic 8
||Free Throws Made
James Harden 18
Josh Richardson 3
James Harden 4
Bam Adebayo 2
Clint Capela 2
Team Stats Summary
Houston will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Rockets have a W/L % of .622 after a win and .560 after a loss.
Miami will play their next game at home against Brooklyn. The Heat have a W/L % of .393 after a win and .485 after a loss.