After an impressive victory over the defending champion Warriors, the Rockets are hoping to avoid a letdown against a scrappy Heat team.
Houston (32-12) heads into Monday's matchup against Miami (27-19) coming off consecutive home wins against Golden State and Minnesota. James Harden will look to continue his return to MVP form after scoring 22 points and dishing out eight assists against the Warriors. Harden missed Houston's first seven games this month with a hamstring injury, but he did not show much rust in his last outing. The Rockets also welcome back Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green after both players served suspensions for their roles in the infamous postgame altercation between the Rockets and Clippers at Staples Center.
The Heat have enjoyed an impressive run of their own, winning eight of their last 10 games, including a crazy comeback against the Hornets on Saturday. Charlotte led by five points with 37.2 seconds on the clock, but James Johnson got an easy dunk off a backscreen from Wayne Ellington and a quick 3-pointer following a Josh Richardson steal to tie it up. After a Dwight Howard foul, Kelly Olynyk gave the Heat the lead for good by sinking his second free throw attempt.
Who comes out on top when East meets West? You'll have to watch Monday night's marquee game to find out.
Heat vs. Rockets
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Center, Houston
TV: NBA TV
Streaming: fuboTV (sign up for a 7-day free trial)