First half, it was the Houston Rockets around the court. Second half, it was Miami Heat that dominated the proceedings, then finally pulled off a win, riding on a 21-1 run in the fourth quarter on Sunday night.
Chris Bosh became star of the show in the final quarter by scoring all 10 points during that crucial phase. Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Miami finally won 109-89 at the end.
Veteran star Dwyane Wade contributed 20 points to the winner’s tally. Miami outscored Houston by a huge 65-24 margin in the final 23 minutes of the game to turn the tide in their favor. Luol Deng posted 14 points. At half-time, tri-captain Udonis Haslem inspired the side.
“UD,” Wade said. “That’s all I got to say. UD got on us like a captain should.”
Houston Rockets’ star Dwight Howard sat out that night as his side conceded their third consecutive defeat of the season by a 20-point margin. They lost the season opener to the Denver Nuggets. James Harden wasn’t capable to lead the side, scoring 16 points. Marcus Thornton scored 21 points for the last season’s Western Conference finalists.
Houston will now be hosting Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.