Harden ups the Heat on Miami

08 February 2018 13:18:57 EST

The Houston Rockets are quickly rising to the top of the Western Conference, as the visitors from Texas defeated the Miami Heat 109-101 Wednesday evening at American Airlines Arena in South Florida.

Leading the way for the Rockets was James Harden, as the 28-year-old shooting guard from Bellflower, California scored a game high 41 points, while pulling down four rebounds and passing out six assists for the contest.

Houston is now just one half game behind the Golden State Warriors for the best in the Western Conference and the NBA.

The Rockets currently have a record of 40-13 on the season, have won six straight games and nine of their last 10 in their most recent surge.

Goran Dragic led the way for the struggling Heat, as the 31-year-old point guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia, scored a team high 30 points, while grabbing three rebounds and passing out six assists for the game.

The Heat have dropped from a potential third seed in the Eastern Conference to at risk of missing the Playoffs.

Miami is currently on a five-game losing streak and has only won three of their past 10 contests and so it would not be a shock to see the Heat make some strong moves at the trade deadline.

The Rockets now head back to Texas to host the Denver Nuggets on Friday evening at the Toyota Center, while Miami will look to pick up a win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night in Florida.

The Western Conference is 2/13 to provide the NBA champions this season, with the Eastern Conference 15/4.

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