Howard, Harden lead Rockets over Heat 106-103 - NBC Sports

Howard, Harden lead Rockets over Heat 106-103
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HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 4: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks against the Houston Rockets on March 4, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
March 4, 2014, 10:58 pm

HOUSTON (AP) Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds, James Harden added 21 points and the Houston Rockets held LeBron James in check Tuesday night in a 106-103 win over the Miami Heat.

One night after James scored a career-best 61 points, Miami cut its deficit to three when Michael Beasley hit a 3-pointer with 21.2 seconds left. Harden threw the ball away after that, and Howard accidentally hit James in the face when they both went up to try to grab a long pass.

James lay on the court holding his broken nose for a few seconds before getting up and slowly walking to the bench. He remained in the game after a timeout, but missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied it.

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