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Rockets pull out the close victory against Heat, snap eight-game winning streak

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Dwight Howard recorded his 40th double-double this season, scoring 22 points and registering 16 rebounds, to help the Houston Rockets sneak past the Miami Heat, 106-103. The Rockets took quality shots in this game, finishing 40-78 (51.3%). This is the eighth win for Houston (41-19) in its last 10 games.

Howard went 8-13 from the field, in a strong performance. Other top performers for Houston were James Harden with 21 points and 11 assists, Terrence Jones with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons with 10 points and 8 assists. Despite the loss, Michael Beasley scored 24 points off the bench for Miami on 9-13 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc. LeBron James chipped in 22 points and 6 assists.

The Rockets combined hot shooting (eFG% of 56.4%) with high-quality work on the offensive backboards (OR% of 34.3%). They are undefeated (7-0) on the season when exceeding 55% and 30%, respectively, in those metrics. The Heat, however, are 1-3 when giving up those numbers to their opponents.

This loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for Miami, dropping them to 43-15 on the year.

Coming up, the Rockets square off against the Orlando Magic, who are 19-43 on the season. The Heat meet the San Antonio Spurs, currently sitting at 44-16 this year. The Rockets are 1-0 versus Orlando this season. The Heat have a 1-0 record against San Antonio this season.

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