The Miami Heat were without Chris Bosh, but the Houston Rockets were without the same luck they had last night, and the defending champions prevailed with a 114-108 win.
After tying the NBA record with 23 made three-point shots last night, Houston went just 9-of-25 from beyond the arc.
Unsurprisingly, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were ready and able to make up for Bosh’s absence, and the two combined for 63 points. James finished with 32 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Wade added 31 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
James Harden led all scorers with 36 points after hitting 10-of-18 shots from the field, but no other Rocket contributed more than 15 points. In the end, Miami had two superstars on the floor, while Houston had just one.
The full box score for the contest is available via NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Dwyane Wade
While this distinction could have easily gone to James, Wade’s stat line was slightly more impressive.
He led the team in assists while also getting to the charity stripe 13 times and sinking all of his free throws.
When Wade and James are both clicking like they were tonight, it's difficult to see any team beating the Heat.
What’s Next for the Houston Rockets?
Houston dropped to 27-24 on the season and will now return home to take on the Portland Trailblazers on February 8.
What’s Next for the Miami Heat?
The Heat have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 32-14, and they will continue their homestand with a showdown against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 8.