Surya Fernandez

Heat fight back and have tied it at 67-67

Ira Winderman

Game basically Wade (19) and Bosh (17) against Howard (19) and Harden (19), in a league when Big Twos not exactly in vogue.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Miami isn't especially big, doesn't have elite athleticism & is at least one shooter short. Needs to be elite defensively.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Not sure the Chris Andersen stepback jumper is sustainable, but there's a certain charm to it.

Surya Fernandez

Birdman with the difficult step-back jumper while Howard guards him tightly. AA Arena explodes with cheer.

Ira Winderman

Birdman with another jumper . . . and conversion. Ca-caw?

Ira Winderman

Heat now 4 of 15 on 3-pointers. Rockets 9 of 19.

Jason Lieser

Mario Chalmers was instructing Shawne Williams before that first FT, missed it, immediately went back to instructing.

Surya Fernandez

I'm not sure what Wade was thinking on that last play but with 19 points on 9-12 shooting in 19 minutes, he's been deadly efficient.

Jason Lieser

Weird preseason for Luol Deng. Scored 18+ twice, was at 4 or under twice. He's got 2p on 1/3 in 22min. tonight.

Ira Winderman

Wade with careless offensive possession creates and-one opportunity for Rockets.

Ira Winderman

Patrick Beverley is wonderfully psychotic on defense (and a tad dirty, as well).

Ira Winderman

Patrick Beverley, the pest that he is, draws a technical foul on Chalmers for a retaliatory elbow.

Ira Winderman

Cole with four fouls after 14 minutes of action.

Ira Winderman

Looks like Wade might score a lot of points this season. The Heat?

Ira Winderman

Looking like James Ennis, Udonis Haslem, Shannon Brown will be on outside of rotation. And McRoberts will only further change the equation.

Surya Fernandez

Cole takes his time getting up after hitting the deck, then calmly waits for the ball and knocks down the corner 3 to make it 51-54

Ira Winderman

Cole steps up at start of second half, as does Bosh. Heat within three.

Surya Fernandez

Second chance points in the first half: #Rockets 12 (4-4), #Heat 2 (1-1)

Ira Winderman

Luol Deng has long been a wonderful complementary piece. The Heat, though, might need more., So far, it's largely been a struggle.

Joseph Goodman

Great half of basketball for Dwyane Wade. He has 17 pts. Everyone else? ... When does Ennis come in?

Ira Winderman

Rockets 52, Heat 41 at half. Wade with 17 on 8-of-10, Bosh with nine, Harden with 15, Dwight with 15.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Most encouraging 10 minutes for Wade offensively, by far, since the Eastern Conference finals.

Surya Fernandez

Wade continues to be aggressive attacking the rim. Missed dunk didn't stop him from penetrating again.

Ira Winderman

This time Wade hard to hole, finishes, and-one foul. But really, so far there's only been Wade and Bosh.

Ira Winderman

Wade tries soaring dunk. That doesn't work.

Ira Winderman

Wade checking back in, because winning at least one preseason home game might be nice. And still, no James Ennis.

Surya Fernandez

Wade has 14, but the rest of the #Heat starters have done very little on offense: Cole (0), Deng (2), Williams (2) and Bosh (4)

Joseph Goodman

Pat Beverley just undercut Birdman on an alley-oop. This preseason aggression will not stand, man.

Ira Winderman

Wade checks out at 7 of 8 from field.

Ira Winderman

Yes, Wade has 12. But Harden buries 3-pointer over him and now has 15.

Ira Winderman

This time Birdman launches from 17 feet . . . and converts.

Ira Winderman

Wade now 6 for 6. Rest of Heat 5 of 19.

Surya Fernandez

Heat again down by double digits. They're being out-rebounded and outscored from beyond the arc.

Ira Winderman

Good news is Wade 5 for 5. Other news is that mostly against Harden's defense . . . so does that count?

Ethan J. Skolnick

Wade's 5-for-5 and moving freely, which is the most important thing for the Heat tonight.

Ira Winderman

Wade now 4 for 4 with the spinner that was goal-tended.

Ira Winderman

Chalmers not only playing point now, but even advanced the ball while partnered with Napier.

Ira Winderman

No, that's not the contrast on your TV: Heat with a new, lighter court this season.

Surya Fernandez

It took a while but Granger knocks down the first Heat 3-pointer of the night.

Ira Winderman

Khem Birch about to enter for Heat. There's not be a lot of Udonis Haslem this preseason.

Ira Winderman

Birdman shoots . . . and misses the three.

Jason Lieser

Wade opens the game with 6p on 3/3, 2a in 6 min.

Ira Winderman

Rockets 6 of 8 on 3-pointers, because that's what teams do against the Heat.

Ira Winderman

Not a good start for a team trying to avoid an 0-3 preseason at home. Heat trail Rockets 28-18 going into second quarter (TNT, really).

Jason Lieser

That Nelly was never appointed as our poet laureate is a longtime frustration of mine. Go back and listen to the Nellyville album again.

Surya Fernandez

Rockets currently 5-7 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. Heat are 0-2

Ira Winderman

Heat already with seven turnovers, something this team cannot afford.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Jason Terry doing the Jet thing in American Airlines Arena. Not the same as it was.

Jason Lieser

Anybody under 20 only knows Nelly from his performances in celebrity All-Star games, but he used to be in music.

Jason Lieser

Heat media guide revelation of the day: Shannon Brown appeared in the music video for Nelly's "Just a Dream."

Jason Lieser

Jason Terry is on the Rockets.

Ira Winderman

Birdman tries to advance the ball across midcourt. Bad things happen. Turnover.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Looking at Houston's bench, and not sure they make the playoffs this season

Joseph Goodman

Pat Beverley is already talking to trash to Udonis Haslem ... and Haslem is on the bench! Two of my favorite players in the league.

Ira Winderman

Now two fouls on Cole, so Shabazz Napier time.

Joseph Goodman

Ginobili got him RT @mfr234 @Joseph Goodman did he get into a bar brawl?

Joseph Goodman

Fancy RT @ThatNBAPick Chris Bosh hits no-look circus shot against Houston Rockets: bit.ly/1sMIWLR

Bill Reiter

Well, that was unfortunate

Joseph Goodman

Where does Mario Chalmers rank in the NBA as a Sixth Man?

Ira Winderman

And now another charge on Wade, so backup shooting guard Mario Chalmers enters.

Ira Winderman

Norris Cole in transition . . . sets up Dwyane Wade to be called for a charge.

Bill Reiter

That's how you go down 1-0 and somehow hang into the momentum.

Ira Winderman

Wade scoring early, but also from the perimeter.

Surya Fernandez

Solid start by Wade with six points in the first four minutes of the game.

Jason Lieser

Bosh with the play of the preseason. Hacked hard, flips up a no-look shot that bounces on the top of the backboard and drops in. And one.

Ira Winderman

Bosh, over his head, off top of the backboard, in the basket, with an and-one bonus of a foul. Coming to a SportsCenter near you.

Surya Fernandez

I'm not exactly sure how Bosh's wild shot went in but it did.

Bill Reiter

I was remarkably calm until that first pitch. The nerves have set in.

Bill Reiter

Really, really cool to see my @FOXSports1 colleagues @gabekapler, @TheBigHurt_35 & @kevinburkhardt on @foxtv at the K tonight.

Surya Fernandez

You can check out my videos and pictures from today's #HeatvsRockets game right here: foxsports.com/florida/story/… via @SunSportsFOXFL

Ira Winderman

Larry Drew basically being paid for D-League up front, with Heat giving him $25,000 before cutting him for Sioux Falls, per @Eric Pincus

Jason Lieser

TNT's slogan heading into a season full of Cavs broadcasts. http://t.co/xIDP4ayqVV

Surya Fernandez

Birdman displaying some 3-point range pregame. burst.com/h/1215d55

Ethan J. Skolnick

Good test run for Rockets & Heat tonight. Both teams playing regular starters, rotation, w/ exception of McRoberts' absence for Miami.

Surya Fernandez

#Heat starters: Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh. #Rockets starters: Beverley, Harden, Ariza, T. Jones, Howard.

Ira Winderman

Rockets starting Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Trevor Ariza, James Harden, Patrick Beverly. 8 p.m., TNT.

Joseph Goodman

S.Williams will be replaced when J.McRoberts comes on line, of course, but Williams already appears to be an important piece for the Heat.

Ira Winderman

Also looks like Shawne Williams will start opening night, next Wednesday vs. Wizards, if McRoberts isn't back, and even then, possibly so.

Joseph Goodman

If tonight is the Heat's dress rehearsal for opening night...Shawne Williams has come a long way. Congrats to him.

Ira Winderman

Chalmers started preseason opener, hasn't started at point guard in six games since

Jason Lieser

Heat also starting Shawne Williams again at PF. Seems to be their guy until Josh McRoberts is back.

Joseph Goodman

Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh starting for the Heat tonight against the Houston Rockets.

Ira Winderman

Norris Cole again starts in place of Chalmers at point guard. Also starting: Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade.

Surya Fernandez

Spoelstra on Hamilton: He's playable. It depends on how it plays. He's been doing everything for the last month. He just hasn't done contact

Jason Lieser

Heat will start Norris Cole tonight for 6th time in 7 preseason games.

Surya Fernandez

Spoelstra: "Josh McRoberts is not playing. Everybody else is active."

Victor Oquendo

The fan free final debate between Scott & Crist is on Local10.com tonight at 7! WATCH LIVE bit.ly/1c2Olo3

Surya Fernandez

Video: Erik Spoelstra pregame press conference. burst.com/h/2g15d4b

Ira Winderman

A week before regular-season opener, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra poised for change bit.ly/1Dy1Smk

Bill Reiter

Jumping on with @PetrosAndMoney at 5:30 PST to talk Kobe, Lakers and my new show on @AM570RADIO starting Nov. 3.

Jason Jackson

Awesome breakout RT @pgaofamerica: Recruiting Coaches, Refs & Officials #SDIS @Jason Jackson @NFL's @TroyVincent23, David Coleman, @NBA's (1/2)

Jason Jackson

Michael Goldberg http://t.co/ePo3YDxXs6 (2/2)

Joseph Goodman

If Norris Cole doesn't start due to tightness in his back, I'm wondering aloud if Spoelstra would go with Napier as the starter.

Joseph Goodman

Norris Cole has a "tight back," according to Spoelstra.

Ira Winderman

Spoelstra says Justin Hamilton (heart procedure) is available to play tonight, which would be his preseason debut.

Jason Lieser

Justin Hamilton is able to play tonight, would be first time since heart operation.

Joseph Goodman

Heat center Justin Hamilton is active for tonight's game.

Ira Winderman

Spoelstra says McRoberts has been doing some of practices, but still not playing, "We're being patient and diligent with this."