HOUSTON – LeBron James put on a second-half show and helped the Miami Heat finally put away the Houston Rockets.
James scored 32 of his season-high 38 points after halftime, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Miami rallied to beat the Rockets 113-110 last night.Dwyane Wade added 19 points for the Heat, who shot 47.6 per cent from 3-point range (10 of 21) and 51 per cent from the field overall. James went 12 for 20 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range in the second half. He gave the Heat the lead for good with a driving layup with 19 seconds left.
Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 25 points and Omer Asik had a career-best 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who led 110-106 with 90 seconds left. James Harden also shook off a slow start to score 22 points for Rockets.
James was the difference, though, and Miami beat Houston for the sixth straight time. “I expected him to make every single shot he threw up,” Bosh said. “I guess, after 30 points, you think everything is going in.”
Jeremy Lin shot an air-ball from 3-point range with 10 seconds left, Wade caught it and the Heat bounced back from a 104-86 loss to Memphis on Sunday.
Lin endured another humbling moment against the Heat. Last year, his amazing run with the New York Knicks hit a detour in Miami, where he went 1 for 11 from the field and coughed up eight turnovers.
Rockets interim coach Kelvin Sampson likened the back-and-forth game to a fistfight, with the more experienced Heat delivering the final blow. Head coach Kevin McHale is on indefinite leave because of a family matter.
Other Monday scores: Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT); Bucks 105, 76ers 96; Thunder 92, Pistons 90; Celtics 101, Bulls 95; Timberwolves 90, Mavericks 82; Nuggets 100, Suns 110; Hawks 95, Trail Blazers 87.