Patrick Beverley checked out of Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat halfway through the second quarter and didn’t return as the Rockets hit the All Star break with a 117-109 loss at Toyota Center.
A strained left groin limited Beverley to 13 minutes in the contest. He finished with seven points and two assists as the Rockets hit the all star break with a record of 40-18. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was unsure how long he’d be out, but the Rockets don’t play again until February 22 in New Orleans.
Miami never trailed in the game. Luke Babbitt canned a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession, and after the Heat missed their next two field goal attempts, they drained 11 straight and led the Rockets 34-28 after the first quarter.
Houston’s defense rallied, holding Miami to just two points in the first four minutes of the second, and a Beverley free throw pulled them within a point, but he missed the second free throw, and the Heat answered with a 22-8 spurt, taking a 58-45 lead into the locker room.
The Heat shot just 33 percent in the quarter, but grabbed nine offensive rebounds, leading to 11 second chance points, and they built the lead up to 20 in the third quarter which ended with the Rockets down 15. In the fourth quarter, the Rockets hit seven three-pointers, four from Ryan Anderson, but couldn’t get any closer than six points.
James Harden notched his 15th triple-double of the season with 38 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Anderson finished with 17 points, but had just three after three quarters.
The Rockets shot just 41 percent.
Miami improves to 25-32 on the season. Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Dion Waiters also had a 23 point night, while Goran Dragic added 21.