Heat Ends Rockets Two-Game Preseason Win Streak

Heat Ends Rockets Two-Game Preseason Win Streak

HOUSTON — Second-year prospect Jalen Green scored a team-high 25 points en route to the Houston Rockets losing to the Miami Heat 118-110 Monday night inside the FTX Arena.

Green shot 53.8 percent from the field, which included connecting on five out of 10 attempts from behind the arc amid the Rockets’ first road test ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. The Rockets opened the game with a win on all fronts. Houston led the Heat by 16 points midway through the first quarter behind Green’s 11 points. Kevin Porter Jr. made his contributions known early by adding 10 points during the first period.

Unfortunately, the Rockets had a rough time taking care of the ball in Miami. They committed 25 turnovers in the loss to the Heat, which converted into 34 points for Miami. Porter finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Rookie Tari Eason recorded his second double-double of the preseason with 17 points and 12 rebounds — five boards came on the offensive side of the ball. The Heat were led by Max Strus in the absence of Bam Abebayo and Jimmy Butler. He scored a team-high 24 points, while Jamal Cain and Nikola Jovic each added 15 points.

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Jabari Smith Jr. missed his second exhibition contest due to an ankle injury. The Rockets were without Eric Gordon because of leg stiffness.

Coach Stephen Silas was still in the NBA Health and Safety Protocols for a second consecutive game. John Lucas II, assistant coach, was Silas’ coach against the Heat.

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