MIAMI (AP) — Desperate to snap a five-game losing streak, the Miami Heat raced to their largest halftime lead of the season and beat the short-handed Houston Rockets 99-66 on Tuesday night.
The Heat shot 13 for 15 during a 9½-minute stretch in the first half and led 56-31 at halftime.
Dwyane Wade had 17 points and seven assists before sitting out the fourth quarter. He was also on the bench for a breather to start the second quarter when the Heat outscored Houston 17-4 to go up 41-20.
It was Miami's fourth win by at least 30 points this season.
Six players scored in double figures for the Heat, who swept the two-game season series. Udonis Haslem made seven of his first eight shots and finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Reserve Dorell Wright reached his career high in assists after 16 minutes and finished with seven to go with nine points and six rebounds.
Reserve Carlos Arroyo tied a season high with 12 points. The Heat bench totaled 48 points.
Wade took an elbow to the nose early in the game, but the Rockets were in full retreat after that. Miami outscored them 20-4 during one stretch in the first half when Houston missed 11 consecutive shots.
The Rockets sank four 3-pointers early in the second half to cut the deficit to 17, but Wade defused the rally with a pair of baskets. He made a steal near midcourt and drove in for a flying dunk, then snaked through the defense for a finger-roll layup and a 69-46 lead.
NOTES: It was the Heat's last home game for two weeks. Their next five games are on the road. ... The Heat shot 54 percent when they won at Houston on Jan. 15. ... Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson sat in the front row, and when the scoreboard video screen showed him, he quickly put down the beer he was drinking.