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Heat fight back and have tied it at 67-67
Game basically Wade (19) and Bosh (17) against Howard (19) and Harden (19), in a league when Big Twos not exactly in vogue.
Miami isn't especially big, doesn't have elite athleticism & is at least one shooter short. Needs to be elite defensively.
Not sure the Chris Andersen stepback jumper is sustainable, but there's a certain charm to it.
Birdman with the difficult step-back jumper while Howard guards him tightly. AA Arena explodes with cheer.
Birdman with another jumper . . . and conversion. Ca-caw?
Heat now 4 of 15 on 3-pointers. Rockets 9 of 19.
Mario Chalmers was instructing Shawne Williams before that first FT, missed it, immediately went back to instructing.
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.
Weird preseason for Luol Deng. Scored 18+ twice, was at 4 or under twice. He's got 2p on 1/3 in 22min. tonight.
Wade with careless offensive possession creates and-one opportunity for Rockets.
Patrick Beverley is wonderfully psychotic on defense (and a tad dirty, as well).
Patrick Beverley, the pest that he is, draws a technical foul on Chalmers for a retaliatory elbow.
Cole with four fouls after 14 minutes of action.
Looks like Wade might score a lot of points this season. The Heat?
Looking like James Ennis, Udonis Haslem, Shannon Brown will be on outside of rotation. And McRoberts will only further change the equation.
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
Cole steps up at start of second half, as does Bosh. Heat within three.
Luol Deng has long been a wonderful complementary piece. The Heat, though, might need more., So far, it's largely been a struggle.
Great half of basketball for Dwyane Wade. He has 17 pts. Everyone else? ... When does Ennis come in?
Rockets 52, Heat 41 at half. Wade with 17 on 8-of-10, Bosh with nine, Harden with 15, Dwight with 15.
Most encouraging 10 minutes for Wade offensively, by far, since the Eastern Conference finals.
Wade continues to be aggressive attacking the rim. Missed dunk didn't stop him from penetrating again.
This time Wade hard to hole, finishes, and-one foul. But really, so far there's only been Wade and Bosh.
Wade tries soaring dunk. That doesn't work.
Wade checking back in, because winning at least one preseason home game might be nice. And still, no James Ennis.
Pat Beverley just undercut Birdman on an alley-oop. This preseason aggression will not stand, man.
Wade checks out at 7 of 8 from field.
Yes, Wade has 12. But Harden buries 3-pointer over him and now has 15.
This time Birdman launches from 17 feet . . . and converts.
Wade now 6 for 6. Rest of Heat 5 of 19.
Heat again down by double digits. They're being out-rebounded and outscored from beyond the arc.
Good news is Wade 5 for 5. Other news is that mostly against Harden's defense . . . so does that count?
Wade's 5-for-5 and moving freely, which is the most important thing for the Heat tonight.
Wade now 4 for 4 with the spinner that was goal-tended.
Chalmers not only playing point now, but even advanced the ball while partnered with Napier.
No, that's not the contrast on your TV: Heat with a new, lighter court this season.
It took a while but Granger knocks down the first Heat 3-pointer of the night.
Khem Birch about to enter for Heat. There's not be a lot of Udonis Haslem this preseason.
Birdman shoots . . . and misses the three.
Wade opens the game with 6p on 3/3, 2a in 6 min.
Rockets 6 of 8 on 3-pointers, because that's what teams do against the Heat.
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).
That Nelly was never appointed as our poet laureate is a longtime frustration of mine. Go back and listen to the Nellyville album again.
Rockets currently 5-7 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. Heat are 0-2
Heat already with seven turnovers, something this team cannot afford.
Jason Terry doing the Jet thing in American Airlines Arena. Not the same as it was.
Anybody under 20 only knows Nelly from his performances in celebrity All-Star games, but he used to be in music.
Heat media guide revelation of the day: Shannon Brown appeared in the music video for Nelly's "Just a Dream."
Jason Terry is on the Rockets.
Birdman tries to advance the ball across midcourt. Bad things happen. Turnover.
Looking at Houston's bench, and not sure they make the playoffs this season
Pat Beverley is already talking to trash to Udonis Haslem ... and Haslem is on the bench! Two of my favorite players in the league.
Now two fouls on Cole, so Shabazz Napier time.
Well, that was unfortunate
Where does Mario Chalmers rank in the NBA as a Sixth Man?
And now another charge on Wade, so backup shooting guard Mario Chalmers enters.
Norris Cole in transition . . . sets up Dwyane Wade to be called for a charge.
That's how you go down 1-0 and somehow hang into the momentum.
Wade scoring early, but also from the perimeter.
Solid start by Wade with six points in the first four minutes of the game.
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.
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.
I'm not exactly sure how Bosh's wild shot went in but it did.
I was remarkably calm until that first pitch. The nerves have set in.
TNT's slogan heading into a season full of Cavs broadcasts. http://t.co/xIDP4ayqVV
Good test run for Rockets & Heat tonight. Both teams playing regular starters, rotation, w/ exception of McRoberts' absence for Miami.
Rockets starting Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Trevor Ariza, James Harden, Patrick Beverly. 8 p.m., TNT.
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.
Also looks like Shawne Williams will start opening night, next Wednesday vs. Wizards, if McRoberts isn't back, and even then, possibly so.
If tonight is the Heat's dress rehearsal for opening night...Shawne Williams has come a long way. Congrats to him.
Chalmers started preseason opener, hasn't started at point guard in six games since
Heat also starting Shawne Williams again at PF. Seems to be their guy until Josh McRoberts is back.
Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh starting for the Heat tonight against the Houston Rockets.
Norris Cole again starts in place of Chalmers at point guard. Also starting: Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade.
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
Heat will start Norris Cole tonight for 6th time in 7 preseason games.
Spoelstra: "Josh McRoberts is not playing. Everybody else is active."
Michael Goldberg http://t.co/ePo3YDxXs6 (2/2)
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.
Norris Cole has a "tight back," according to Spoelstra.
Spoelstra says Justin Hamilton (heart procedure) is available to play tonight, which would be his preseason debut.
Justin Hamilton is able to play tonight, would be first time since heart operation.
Heat center Justin Hamilton is active for tonight's game.
Spoelstra says McRoberts has been doing some of practices, but still not playing, "We're being patient and diligent with this."