Harden’s 28 help Rockets rally for 99-90 win over Heat
The Rockets led by a basket after a 3-pointer by Paul with about eight minutes left before Miami scored the next four points to go up 83-81. Houston then used a 5-1 spurt, with a 3 from P.J. Tucker and a dunk from Capela, to make it 86-84 with about five minutes left.
After ending Golden State’s 14-game road winning streak with a victory in their last game, the Rockets looked sluggish early in this one and trailed by 14 during the first quarter. The Heat got a boost in the first quarter from Whiteside, who scored 14 points. The Rockets got going late in the first quarter and had cut the deficit to 50-46 by halftime.
Paul on the improvement of the Heat, who have won 9 of 12: (Spoelstra’s) really got those guys playing hard, playing with the right spirit and it was a really good test for us.
Rutgers (17-5, 3-2) trimmed its deficit to 45-42 when Nigia Greene hit a 3-pointer with 5:56 to play, but the Scarlet Knights went scoreless from there, missing all six of their field-goal attempts and committing two turnovers as Nebraska closed on a 7-0 run.
Tyler Scaife had 20 points for Rutgers, which had its 12-game home win streak snapped. The Scarlet Knights shot just 29 percent (17 of 58) from the field, including 3 of 12 from 3-point range, and made 5 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Nebraska’s Maddie Simon converted a 3-point play and then hit a jumper to spark a 7-0 spurt that made it 11-6 and Rutgers trailed the rest of the way.
The Huskers have won eight in a row away from home.