NBA Game Summary - Houston at Miami
(Tuesday, February 9th)
Final Score: Miami 99, Houston 66
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade compiled 17 points, seven assists and five steals over the first three quarters, and Miami snapped a season-high five-game skid with a resounding 99-66 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Udonis Haslem contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds in a reserve role for the Heat, who also received 12 points and seven assists from Carlos Arroyo. Michael Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal and Daequan Cook all scored 10 in the win.
"It was a whole bunch of guys contributing on both ends of the floor," Wade said. "We were very active on the defensive end of the floor."
Chase Budinger had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Houston, which tied its franchise record for fewest points in a game. Luis Scola chipped in 12 points, Carl Landry netted 11, while Aaron Brooks scored 10. The Rockets, who shot a woeful 30.2 percent (26-of-86), were missing Trevor Ariza (left hip pointer) and Kyle Lowry (sprained left ankle) from the lineup.
"Too many turnovers, we didn't make shots, and Wade got going," Brooks said. "We haven't been playing good basketball as of late. During the (All-Star) break we'll have time to think about it and be ready for the next round of games."
The first half, particularly the second quarter, told the story of this game. Miami went on a 13-2 run to end the first with a 24-16 lead and then surged in the second, going 13-of-19 from the field. Meanwhile, Houston went 5-of-19 in the same stanza, as the Heat gained a commanding 56-31 lead at the half.
Haslem made all five of his field goal attempts in the second, a period in which the Heat started with a 9-2 spurt. A layup from Arroyo in the final minute represented the 25-point lead at the break.
Miami held a comfortable double-digit advantage throughout the third, widening the margin to 77-48 on a Quentin Richardson three-ball with 1:32 remaining.
Up 80-55 moving to the fourth, Wade sat out the last quarter and iced his right knee as Miami coasted to victory.
Miami swept the season series, also winning 115-106 in Houston on January 15...Chuck Hayes had 12 rebounds for Houston...The Heat finished at 51.9 percent from the field...Dorell Wright had a career-best seven assists for Miami.
02/09 23:12:31 ET