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                        === James, Heat down Rockets ===
 
 Miami,  FL (Sports  Network) -  LeBron James  and Dwyane  Wade had  32 and  31
 points,  respectively, and  the Miami Heat continued their home success with a
 114-108 victory over the Houston Rockets.
 
 Wade also had eight assists and four steals for the Heat, who improved to 20-3
 at  home this season.  Shane Battier and Norris Cole donated 12 and 10 points,
 respectively.
 
 Miami was without the services of Chris Bosh due to the flu.
 
 "We held them to 108 (points). That team can score," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
 said.  "Even  when we had an  opportunity in the  second half to get a double-
 digit lead they came right back. That's what they do."
 
 James  Harden ended  with  36 points,  12  boards and  seven  assists for  the
 Rockets, who tied an NBA record with an eye-popping 23 3-pointers in Tuesday's
 140-109  win over  Golden State. Houston went just 9-of-25 from beyond the arc
 on Wednesday.
 
 Omer  Asik  had a  double-double  with  15  points  and 14  rebounds,  Patrick
 Patterson  donated 15  points and  Chandler Parsons  and Jeremy  Lin added  13
 points apiece.
 
 Harden's  3-pointer  with 1:11 to play  got Houston within three, 109-106. The
 Rockets had a chance to tie the game following Battier's missed 3-pointer, but
 Harden was called for an offensive charge.
 
 On  the  ensuing Miami possession,  James turned the  ball over on a traveling
 violation.  The Heat,  though, got the ball right back when James Anderson was
 called for an offensive charge.
 
 James  made 1-of-2 free  throws with 17.4 seconds left to give Miami a 110-106
 margin.  Wade  blocked Harden's  shot from  beyond the arc  and added two free
 throws at the other end.
 
 "We  had some  breakaways and some shots  we could have gotten in, but we just
 didn't  make  the plays," Rockets coach  Kevin McHale said about the final two
 minutes.
 
 The  Heat led by as many as 10 in the first quarter and took a 32-30 edge into
 the second.
 
 Each team held a seven-point lead in the second stanza, which ended with Miami
 holding a 63-56 margin.
 
 The  Heat started the second half on a 14-4 run to create some distance. James
 made a trio of 3-pointers during the surge to make it 77-60.
 
 Houston  fought back  with a surge of  its own to get within six, 89-83, after
 three quarters.
 
 The  Heat went on a 9-0 spurt early in the fourth to build a 98-86 margin, but
 the  Rockets fought back with a 7-0 flurry later in the frame. Lin made a pair
 of free throws with 3:54 remaining to cut the gap to 100-95.
 
 Following four straight Miami points, Harden went on a personal 6-0 run to get
 Houston within three, 104-101.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Heat  have won  seven in a  row against the  Rockets, including a 113-110
 victory  in  Houston on  Nov. 12. Houston  hasn't won in  Miami since Nov. 24,
 2008,  losing four  in a row there ...  James has scored at least 30 points in
 three  straight games  ... Each  team  shot 48.8  percent from  the field  ...
 Houston turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 20 Miami points.
 
 
 02/06 23:08:39 ET