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Heat Too Much for Houston Rockets

Feb 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reaches for the ball around Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reaches for the ball around Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite James Harden’s 15th triple-double of the season, the Houston Rockets fell to the surging Miami Heat.

The Houston Rockets came in on a four game winning streak, but fell to the surging Miami Heat Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Rockets that there was one more game before the All-Star break. After a slow start to the first quarter, Houston looked far from the team that holds the third-best record in the league.

The Rockets trailed 58-45 heading into the halftime break and their struggles were nowhere near James Harden‘s fault. Harden scored 16 and dished out five assists while his teammates failed to step up to the challenge.

In the first half, the Rockets shot 30% from the field and 3-14 from behind the arc. Not only did the Houston struggle with their shot, but nobody could grab a rebound to save their lives. Houston allowed Miami to snag 15 offensive boards, which they converted into 11 second half points.

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After a sub-par third quarter, the Rockets finally found their mojo to attempt a comeback in the fourth. Houston outscored Miami 36-29 in the final frame but it was not enough to pull off a victory.

This happened on a night where Houston shot 13-for-40 from behind the arc and Harden dropped 38 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists for his 15th triple-double of the season.

Leading the Heat to their victory was Hassan Whiteside with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks.

The Rockets have a long break now, with their next game taking place on February 23rd against the New Orleans Pelicans on the road.

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Enjoy the season Red Nation.  Be sure to stay connected with Space City Scoop we keep you on top of all things Houston Rockets.

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