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Rockets, Harden too much as Heat losing streak reaches five

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

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MIAMI -- Josh Richardson and Goran Dragic were able to help the Miami Heat keep pace with the Houston Rockets.

Until the Rockets and James Haden said enough was enough.

Just as they did in the teams' previous meeting this season.

Making a closing statement when needed, the Rockets extended the Heat's losing streak to five with a 109-101 victory Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

For all the Heat were able to get from their backcourt, including a career-high 30 points from Richardson and 30 from Dragic, there was no overcoming the 41 points of Harden, who was supported by the 22 points of backcourt partner Chris Paul.

The Heat also got 16 points and 17 rebounds from center Hassan Whiteside in falling to 0-2 on this three-game homestand.

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Both teams were forced to adjust because of injuries.

The Heat were without Kelly Olynyk and Wayne Ellington due to shoulder injuries, the first absence of the season for each.

With Olynyk out, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra opened with Justise Winslow at power forward, with Derrick Jones Jr., recalled earlier in the day from the G League, opening on the wing.

The Heat's starting lineup was rounded out by Whiteside, Richardson and Dragic, the Heat's 18th starting lineup in these first 55 games of the season.

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