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LeBron missed. Kevin Durant is back atop the MVP race.
Clearest sign that LeBron was spent tonight... He was 9-of-9 from 2 feet and in. He was 0-for-9 outside of that.
LeBron just walked thru media room & banged on my keyboard to try 2 erase my column. Thursday, I will jump on court & try 2 block his shot.
Udonis Haslem knows Pat Beverley & likes/respects him. But did tell him tonight -- w/ all PB's talking to bench -- that "enough was enough."
Beasley: "I got yelled at for passing up a few shots in the first half." So he shot them in the second.
Wade on Pacers: "I didn't know they lost.... We can't worry about they lost, we need to win. We need to win every game."
LeBron said Heat was trying to get Allen on a flare or Beasley on final shot, but Rockets played both well. So he heaved it.
LeBron on his late third quarter shot: "Once the officials go over there, it seems like we never win that."
LeBron on Beasley: "I'm very proud of him."
LeBron says he re-broke his nose.
LeBron: "It just wasn't there for me. I got out of rhythm."
Spoelstra credited Rockets for taking away some of the layers of last play. LeBron was option but not necessarily only, or primary, one.
Spoelstra says the team talked about sitting Oden yesterday to play him tonight, but decided against it.
Spoelstra on Beasley: "everyone notices when he scores. But he was doing some active things defensively."
Spoelstra says he "doesn't know" what happened defensively in third quarter. Not pleased with effort.
And that's what happened. LeBron off to the right from 28 feet. Houston wins 106-103. LeBron w/ 22. Wade w/ 24. Howard w/ 22. Bosh w/ 5.
Houston has four fouls in the quarter.
Thirteen seconds left. Heat down 3. No timeouts. Pretty sure LeBron dribbles it down, takes a 3. The way he likes it.
LeBron down, takes off the mask.
Again: Patrick Beverley is a bad, bad man.
Howard/Harden & James/Wade has basically been a push. Beverley & Jones have outplayed Bosh & Heat PGs.
LeBron has had enough of Patrick Beverley hounding him. They've all had enough of Patrick Beverley.
Ray Allen's defense -- or lack of it -- caused that. Need to get Chalmers in.
Spoelstra with rare trust in Beasley, leaves him in, goes without PG.
:LeBron talking to the officials, finally takes warmup off. He's back with 5:59 left. Heat down 2. Jones at line.
Andersen putting warmup back on. So Bosh will be back. He has played just 22 minutes, shot 1-for-3, 4 rebounds.
LeBron still not at the scorer's table.
Allen's runner ties it at 91. Four Heat subs have played at least 18 minutes.
LeBron and Chalmers will come back in. Cole will come out. Curious to see if the other is Allen or Beasley.
This is the Beasley game.
Rockets bench has been bad. Still think they're too shallow to push OKC/SA/LAC.
The Rockets have 17 turnovers, which is the only reason the Heat are down just four. Might have enough energy left to finish this.
If that's a taunting violation, then Dikembe Mutombo's opponents would have shooting techs all night.
Bird T, for making the Bird wings.
Beasley has 14 in 16 minutes.
Basket overturned. Rockets 83, Heat 73
Basket overturned, ruled too late, so Rockets 83-73 entering fourth.
Ruling on floor is overturned. So Miami is down 10.
Hard to see how Miami wins this game w/o something from Bosh.
The problem for the Heat could be the lack of centers for hack-a-Dwight. This could become Haslem's time.
Three-pointer by LeBron will be reviewed. It was close, but looked like he got it off in time. Rockets 83, Heat 76 entering 4Q.
LeBron banks in a 3 at the third-quarter buzzer, as if to tell James Harden this one isn't over yet. Rockets 83-76 going into fourth.
LeBron's too tired to celebrate tonight. But beats buzzer w/ a 3, and Miami is down 83-76 entering the 4th. LeBron has 25 on 10/16.
So, that was not a victory....
It's a victory for Miami when Harden shoots over Allen instead of getting past him.
Miami within 9. And Hack-A-Dwight still looms as a late possibility.
Rockets getting nothing from bench, but all five starters in double figures & shooting plus-50%. Houston up 78-68.
Patrick Beverley is killing the Heat point guards tonight. He's 5-of-8, 17 points.
Bosh has taken three shots in 20 minutes. Miami needs to involve him.
Miami's transition defense hasn't been this bad in a while. Combine that with 1-for-15 from three, and it's a 12-point deficit.
Getting some James Jones questions. He takes the food orders before the game. Then he puts on sports coat. Not sure that will change.
The Heat largely had gotten away from their inside-outside game. Tonight when they need the outside component, it's not there.
LeBron stripped, then gets dunked on by Parsons, and appeared to hurt a finger or two.
Shane Battier hasn't been close tonight.
Heat 1 of 12 on 3-pointers. That's an issue.
Golden State 98, Pacers 96. No doubt Heat did a little scoreboard watching at halftime.
LeBron and Heat as a whole trying to claim they don't aren't focused on MVP and catching Pacers, respectively. I don't believe either claim.
If Miami wins tonight, the Heat tie the Pacers in the loss column.
So the Warriors are choking away a game in Indiana, huh?
The Spurs had 39 assists in a win vs. Cleveland tonight. Finally fully healthy. Miami there Thursday.
Miami survives bad start, some sloppy sequences to get within 53-52 at the half. LeBron has an easy 19. Wade w/ 15, including a Dream Shake.
Down nine early amid a crazy scoring pace, Heat within 53-52 at halftime.
LeBron only with 19 in first half, but his 25-point third quarter still awaits.
Not sure I've seen the game look as easy for LeBron as it's looked in past 2-3 weeks. Getting to rim whenever he wants.
OK, maybe LeBron isn't "too" tired.
Haslem in to defend Howard, which he's done plenty in the past, but largely tonight because Oden is inactive.
So now Haslem when it might have been Oden.
James and Wade working it, but need more Bosh. Now Birdman with third foul. Sort of could have used Oden tonight.
Wade with a little more of that "old man" game, ballfakes under the basket. He's got 12 tonight.
Dwyane Wade, this is the league office....
Kevin Durant started 7-for-7 tonight. Someone might want to slip that note to LeBron. (Not that he's watching the MVP race...)
Heat fans would love Patrick Beverley if he would have stuck around. He's chippy, but fits Heat defensive system perfectly.
James Harden with the move of the night. This is turning into a 1-on-1 game.
Yup, an extended sequence Chalmers would just as soon forget.
Patrick Beverley is a bad, bad man.
Pat Beverley is a person I like to watch play basketball.
Rio having a moment.
Norris Cole is having a rather rough evening.
Roger Clemens gets a nice ovation here. Not sure that would happen in any other city.
Roger Clemens also in the crowd.
LeBron has 17 points on 9 shots. And he's not working especially hard offensively.
That's 23 charges taken by Shane Battier this season.
They are showing a video in which Dwight is wearing a Superman cape, and LeBron's face is on Lex Luthor. Beasley again is entranced.
We might have some tension building here tonight in Houston. Did Chandler Parsons just say something to Chalmers after that timeout?
Houston has cooled considerably after 9-of-10 start. Made 7-of-20 since. Heat within 2.
Jeremy Lin just blocked Michael Beasley in the lane. Teammates may never let Beasley live that down.
Michael Beasley just got blocked by Jeremy Lin. Which is karma for chasing Dwyane Wade w/ a snake on Sunday.
Andre Johnson in the crowd, receives loud ovation.
Again, odd that Spoelstra would use Oden yesterday, in light of Heat's opponent 2nite. Jefferson is a load, but Miami needs extra big 2nite.