NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 17th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (21-17) at Houston Rockets (24-16), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat will resume a lengthy seven-game road trip Saturday night against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
The Heat have won two straight and three of four to improve to 3-2 on then road swing, and handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 102-99 loss on Wednesday at the Bradley Center. Daequan Cook hit six three-pointers and finished with 24 points to lead the Heat, who will also visit Oklahoma City and owns a 9-11 mark away from South Beach this season.
Rookie Michael Beasley chipped in 21 points and Dwyane Wade ended with 17 points and 13 assists despite entering the game averaging a league-best 29.1 ppg. Wade made just 5-of-20 from the field for Miami, which got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Shawn Marion. Udonis Haslem added 18 points in the win.
Meanwhile, the Rockets will continue a five-game homestand Saturday and had their three-game winning streak come to an end with Tuesday's 105-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Von Wafer led Houston with 23 points and Carl Landry added 21 points and eight rebounds. Yao Ming notched 19 points and 17 rebounds and Rafer Alston added 11 points and six assists for the Rockets, who are 1-1 on the residency and will also host the Nuggets and Jazz. Houston, which continues to play without stars Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest, is 12-5 at home this season.
McGrady continues to sit with a sore left knee that has hampered him for months, and Artest is expected to be sidelined about a week with a nagging ankle injury. Meanwhile, guard Luther Head (foot) is questionable for Saturday's game.
Houston defeated Miami, 107-98, on November 24 this season in South Beach and has won four of the last five meetings. These two teams have split the last eight meetings at Houston.
01/17 10:37:01 ET