Usually, if LeBron has it going like that, just pack up and go home. But the Rockets hung in there all the way. James eased into Monday's game but still managed to maintain his near triple-double pace this season. James started absolutely pouring it on after halftime with a rare flurry of 3-pointers. With 32 second-half points, James was simply unstoppable late. Game over.
After tweaking his left ankle late in the third quarter, Wade just watched the LeBron show. Wade had erupted early after stinking up the joint in Memphis. He was "opportunistic" with several cherry-pick points in the first half, but he was crisp on the block when going against James Harden. Perhaps Wade sought to remind Harden that the former Finals MVP isn't going away.
Huge offensive rebound to save Wade. Bosh also turned Omer Asik into mush early. Asik gave no respect to Bosh's range, so once the Rockets center left him open on the perimeter, Bosh made him pay with a money jumper. Then, when Asik bit on the jumper, Bosh maneuvered around him like a traffic cone to the rim.
Just a classic lunch pail game from Haslem. The Heat's big man might not have the size of a typical center, but he's forced to play one this season off the bench. He abused Houston's front line on the boards and extended Heat possessions with second-chance points. Although his midrange jumper has all but disappeared from his arsenal, Haslem cleans the glass better than most.
Aside from Jeremy Lin's air ball with seconds to go, what an electric performance from Houston. After a horrific start to the game, Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and James Harden led Houston's furious rally back after falling behind 22-5 early. The Rockets perfected the drive-and-kick blueprint to beat the Heat. For a night, Asik validated those who picked him to be this season's Most Improved Player award winner.