NBA Game Summary - Houston at Miami
(Sunday, January 30th)
Final Score: Miami 104, Houston 95
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade had a game-high 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Miami Heat past the Houston Rockets, 104-95, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Damon Jones and Udonis Haslem both scored 16 points for the Heat, winners of three straight and four of their last five games. Shaquille O'Neal ended with 15 points and five boards in the win.
"I thought that was one of the best wins we have had in a while," Heat head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Offensively, we did a very good job against one of the best defensive teams in the league."
Tracy McGrady paced the Rockets with 28 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Yao Ming chipped in 22 points, while Bob Sura added 21 in the loss -- Houston's second in a row.
"Every game is different," Houston head coach Jeff Van Gundy stated. "You can rest assured that when a guy is wide open there was a defensive mistake. We are making a lot of mistakes."
After the Heat grabbed an early 6-0 lead, Houston later evened the score at 10 apiece on Sura's basket with about seven minutes to go in the first quarter. Miami then ripped off nine straight for a 19-10 cushion before taking a 30-26 edge into the second period. Sura had 12 points after one quarter.
The Rockets fought their way back into the game and took a 40-38 lead on a McGrady jumper with 7 1/2 minutes to go in the first half. The rest of the half was tight throughout with Miami ahead, 48-46, at the intermission.
Wade converted a three-point play and Jones knocked down a trey in succession minutes into the third quarter, giving the Heat a 65-58 advantage. Houston wouldn't go down easy and pulled within 73-70 after 36 minutes.
Eddie Jones rattled home a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and the Heat were ahead, 78-70. Miami extended its lead to 88-78 on a Wade layup midway through the final stanza and went on to win its fourth home game in the last five tries.
Former Miami Dolphins star quarterback and NFL legend Dan Marino was in attendance...The Rockets lost the opener of their four-game road trip. They will also visit the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves on the current swing...Miami shot 50 percent from the floor, while Houston made 43 percent of its shots...Wade made 14-of-16 from the free throw line...McGrady sank 10-of-26 shots from the floor...Sura exited late in the game with a left hand injury. He did not return.
01/30 16:35:29 ET