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Houston Rockets look to keep win streak going vs. Miami Heat

By Michael Knight
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 20: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets guards Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena on December 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 20: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets guards Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena on December 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets have been rolling in recent games and will look to keep it going as they face a Heat team that beat the Warriors last night. Who will win the battle of exhaustion?

The Houston Rockets have won three games in a row and will look to keep it going tonight as they face the Miami Heat at home. Both teams are traveling off of a back-to-back and had tough wins last night.

The Rockets went to Charlotte and fought from start to finish, suffering some injuries along the way. Kenneth Faried and Iman Shumpert will miss tonight’s contest after getting hurt in last night’s win. That caused the rest of the team to play heavy minutes in a tight rotation, which doesn’t exactly board well for the back-to-back.

The Heat are also coming off of a tough win. They won a big game at home over the Golden State Warriors in which Dywane Wade had a classic moment in his last season. It’s worth a look if you didn’t see it, or even a second look if you did:

DWYANE WADE buries the #TissotBuzzerBeater for the @MiamiHEAT victory! #ThisIsYourTime #OneLastDance pic.twitter.com/wxAFaxNn6X

— NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2019

They are also a bit banged up tonight. Hassan Whiteside and James Johnson will miss tonight’s game for the Heat.

Kenneth Faried is doubtful for the Rockets against the Heat tonight with a bruised left hip. Iman Shumpert (sore right calf) is out.

For the Heat, James Johnson (left AC sprain) and Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) are out.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 28, 2019

Opportunity to move up

This is the last game of the month for the Rockets and the last game before the schedule gets a little bit tougher. This is a huge opportunity for the Rockets to continue to climb in the standings, especially with the Thunder facing the Sixers tonight without Paul George.

After this, March starts out against three great teams from the East: the Celtics, Raptors and Sixers. Winning this game tonight is almost necessary so that the Rockets can potentially drop one or two of those games. Winning all of them would be nice, too, though.

Next. The Rockets are within striking distance of a top-3 seed

Let’s finish off February strong and end the month 8-4! Be sure to watch tonight at 7:00 CT.

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