Harden, Westbrook help Rockets down Heat 117-108

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Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, right, dribbles past Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr., left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON, TX – When opponents trap and double team James Harden and Russell Westbrook it leaves openings for other players to step up and contribute.

On Wednesday night that player was Danuel House, who had a career-high 23 points to help the Rockets to a 117-108 victory over the Miami Heat.

“When those two guys get going downhill it puts a lot of pressure on a lot of people which causes me to be open-open,” House said. “So thank you Russ and James.”

Harden scored 34 points, Westbrook had 27 and the Rockets snapped a three-game skid.

Harden said House is getting better at taking advantages of opportunities when teams double him.

“He works every single day on his shot,” Harden said. “Those opportunities are going to come for him and the more confident he gets the easier those shots will be.”

Houston led by double digits for most of this one after the Heat used a 46-point first quarter in a 129-100 rout Nov. 3 in the first meeting between the teams this season.

“In the first half we just didn't bring the right competitive, consistent spirit, particularly when we weren't making shots,” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said.