LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both scored 24 points, James Harden dropped a game-high 30 and Dwight Howard had 21 and 14 for Houston, but the biggest story of the Rockets-Heat matinee on ABC this past Sunday was Ray Allen. The 18-year vet and future Hall of Famer was on fire in the fourth, scoring 14 of his 25 points to help the Heat win 113-104 despite a turnover-prone ‘Bron.
First, though, this no-look pass from Wade to ‘Bron for the flush on Howard was a nice way to start the game off for the Heat in the first quarter. And yes, it was an actual no-look pass by Wade.
But the real fireworks occurred in the fourth quarter. Ray Allen was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and while LeBron couldn’t get even a layup to drop, Wade was 4-for-4, hitting a number of hanging jumpers going to his left.
The story was Ray-Ray, though, he snuck inside for a layup (and it should be mentioned, that while ‘Bron was getting called for an offensive foul and missing shots, he did a nice grapple hold on Jeremy Lin to spring Allen for his layup), and found himself open on three different occasions for that smooth jumper beyond the arc. Asked after the game how he got open, Allen was as surprised as everyone watching on TV saying, “After 18 years, I still don’t know.” Neither do we, but we’re guessing when the Rockets break down the film, they’re gonna have some ‘splaining to do.
Coming into the game, the 2-time defending champs had lost five of their last six games, and failed to take advantage of a stumbling Pacers team. The Heat couldn’t afford to give a game to Houston on their home floor, so it’s a good thing Jesus stepped up.
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