MIAMI (AP) — There’s no mystery to Houston’s game plan. The Rockets shoot a ton of 3-pointers, feed Dwight Howard when the long ball isn’t there, and run when they can.
So far, it’s been foolproof.
James Harden was one rebound away from a triple-double, Howard scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Rockets stayed unbeaten by beating the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night.
“We’ve started great,” Howard said. “We just want to finish great.”
Harden finished with 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Houston, which has won all five of its games — four on the road — by double digits. And after an offseason filled with questions about why Houston didn’t do more, the Rockets have been dominant to start.
“I don’t care what anybody thinks,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “Why would I care what you’ve thought? I don’t care. I care about what we do in that locker room with our guys.”
Trevor Ariza added 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Patrick Beverley scored 15 for Houston.
Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami (3-1). Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, with Shawne Williams and Mario Chalmers each scoring 12.
“That’s tough at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Probably more mental breakdowns than anything else physically going down the stretch. … You do have to credit them. They don’t make it easy. They have a high-octane offense.”
Houston went 17 for 37 from 3-point range and now has 213 points from beyond the arc this season, as opposed to 198 points on 2-pointers.
“You’ve got the most dominant big man in the league roaming around the rim so somebody has to take him,” Harden said. “And then you have tremendous shooters on the wing. It’s pretty hard to guard.”
A 17-8 run by the Rockets closed the half and gave Houston a 57-55 lead at intermission. The run continued in the third.
Houston scored 18 points in a 4
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