Whiteside shines as Heat rally to ground Rockets

Sun Nov 1, 2015 11:49pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Hassan Whiteside scored 25 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 109-89 comeback victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Guard Dwyane Wade finished with 20 points for the Heat, who trailed by as many as 21 points early in the third period and erased a 19-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Rockets 31-12 in the third quarter.

Guard Gerald Green's three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining in the period tied it at 75-75.

Scoreless through the first three periods, forward Chris Bosh gave Miami its first lead 85-83 on a three-pointer with 8:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Bosh's conversion from behind the arc was part of a 17-0 run that ended on Whiteside's dunk with 3:44 left for a 97-85 Miami lead. Bosh finished with 10 points.

Forward Luol Deng scored 14 points and forward Justise Winslow and guard Tyler Johnson were Miami's other double-digit scorers with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Whiteside, a center, also had 15 rebounds.

Houston was held without a field goal for a 9:02 stretch in the fourth quarter. The loss was the Rockets' third straight by 20 points.

Guard Marcus Thornton scored 21 points to lead Houston, and guard James Harden finished with 16 points but was held to two points in the second half.

The Rockets played without center Dwight Howard, who sat out because of a sore back. Behind Thornton's 19 first-half points, Houston built an early double-digit lead.   Continued...

Nov 1, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (right) celebrates with Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (left) after Winslow made a three point basket during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 109-89. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports