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                === Heat seek bounce-back effort at Houston ===
 (Sports  Network) - The  Miami Heat, fresh off their second loss of the season
 Sunday at Memphis, head to Houston to clash with the Rockets on Monday night.
 The  Heat  got  walloped  by  the Grizzlies,  104-86,  Sunday  night  and  the
 difference  in the game  came from behind the 3-point line. The Grizz shot 14-
 for-24 for 58.3 percent, while the Heat went 4-for-15 for 26.7 percent.
 Wayne  Ellington keyed  Memphis' great shooting. He shot a staggering 7-for-11
 from the 3-point line and scored a game-high 25 points off the bench.
 "Wayne  got hot and they were just too much for us from outside tonight," said
 Miami forward Shane Battier.
 Sunday  night's  tilt against the Grizzlies  was the second stop in a six-game
 road  trip. The  Heat, who  had a  four-game winning  streak stopped,  are the
 hunted, no doubt, after winning the NBA title last season.
 "This  is  probably somewhat of  an indication of what  this road trip will be
 like," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. "You have to fight for wins on the
 road. They never come easy."
 LeBron  James  had 20 points  on Sunday and  matched Dwyane Wade's team record
 with  double-digit  scoring in 148 straight  games. Wade needs to get on track
 some.  After he missed  Friday's game against the Hawks with a cold, Wade only
 managed eight points Sunday night.
 The  Rockets play host on Monday with a little bit of momentum. They clobbered
 the  winless  Detroit Pistons on  Saturday in  Houston, 96-82, for their first
 home win of the season.
 That  represented the Rockets' first game without head coach Kevin McHale, who
 took  a leave of  absence from the team to attend to a personal family matter.
 There is no timetable for McHale's return to the bench.
 Kelvin  Sampson  took over for  McHale and  the Rockets surrendered the fewest
 points all season by 11 points.
 "I  thought our  defense was really good both halves," said Sampson. "We never
 let  down defensively. I kept tonight in perspective. I kept thinking of Kevin
 and  his  family and  what  he's  going  through.  That's something  far  more
 important than me coaching a game for the first time in five years."
 James  Harden, now second  in the NBA in scoring, led the way for Houston, but
 four  Rockets scored  in double-figures. The Rockets only shot 40 percent from
 the  field and 34.6  percent from the 3-point line against the Pistons, but it
 was enough to get the Rockets to .500.
 The Heat have won five in a row in this series and the last two in Houston.
 11/12 10:48:34 ET

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