Heat vs. Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Miami Heat (23-13) play against the Houston Rockets (26-26) at Toyota Center

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Friday December 31, 2021

Miami Heat 120, Houston Rockets 110 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Jimmy Butler leads COVID-depleted Heat past Rockets: ‘That was a fun night.’
Takeaways and postgame reaction from the win on a night Butler scored a season-high and Kyle Guy tied a career-high in points miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…11:06 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Make sure that the last thing you see before midnight are these photos ⤵
Through the Lens from tonight’s big win 📸 – 10:48 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
“I’m always ready when my number is called…thankfully the Miami HEAT believed in me.”
Hoping for @kylejguy levels of confidence in the upcoming year pic.twitter.com/KXhik7NtXr10:35 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
too excited to sleep after that win, RT if you’re staying up with us to bring in 2022 – 10:23 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
The experience of @Jimmy Butler closed it out, while the new Guy got things going early
@CoupNBA‘s takeaways from the W in Houston ⬇10:17 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Christian Wood: “I think the referees got into our head a little bit.” – 10:14 PM
Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
Miami Heat handle Houston Rockets 120-110, win fifth straight hothothoops.com/2021/12/31/228…10:12 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degrees of Heat from Friday night’s 120-110 victory in Houston: sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…
1. Having to fight to finish.
2. Butler with a season-high 37.
3. Only five rotation players available.
4. Kyle Guy makes a welcome statement.
5. Mario Chalmers again in a Heat uniform. – 10:09 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Kyle Guy’s one-man New Year’s Eve party was a huge success 🥳 pic.twitter.com/ZQMsaW2fRA10:08 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler:
“If the Heat choose you to be a part of the organization, even for 10 days, it definitely means you’re the type of guy we want around in our locker room.”
On what he was telling the young guys:
“Just hoop.” – 10:03 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Needed a big game from @Jimmy Butler and he delivered with a season-high 37. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/eFsB010a3o9:58 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Mario Chalmers on his relationship with Spo:
“Me and Spo have talked back and forth ever since I left the Heat…The conversations never stop between me and Spo.”
“It just felt like old times again.” – 9:58 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Mario Chalmers on the moment he heard about his 10-day opportunity with the Heat: “I thought my agent was playing with me.” – 9:58 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
If Alperen Sengun, who left the game in the first half with a sprained right ankle, misses tomorrow’s game, no Rockets player will have played every game. He was the last to not have been hurt or in H & S protocols. – 9:58 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Mario Chalmers on getting that call from the Heat:
“My immediate reaction I didn’t believe it. I thought my agent was playing with me.” – 9:56 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
5-0 when scoring 120+ points
13-0 when shooting over 40% from 3 (42.4) – 9:54 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kyle Guy on Miami simplifying his game tonight:
“That’s why the Miami Heat are who they are. That’s why they’re a winning culture.”
Brings up what Miami did for Gabe Vincent, who he has a relationship with
@5ReasonsSports9:52 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy notes that he had to turn down previous 10-day contracts because he had COVID through Dec. 27. – 9:51 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kyle Guy:
“They instilled that confidence in me as soon as I got here…They said to be ready to shoot.”
On if he was surprised by his 3 triples in a row:
“Nothing surprises me.”
@5ReasonsSports9:50 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Jae’Sean Tate brought the hustle tonight ‼
📊 22 PTS
📊 7 REB
@CreditKarma | #MoneyMoveoftheGame pic.twitter.com/4Ut034YX1P9:49 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
10 games over .500
what a way to close 2021 – 9:47 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
#HEATWin final – Miami 120, Houston 110
🔥 Butler: 37pts, 2asts, 2 blks & 1 stl
🔥 Guy: 17pts, 4rebs, 4asts & 3stls
🔥 Herro: 16pts, 9asts & 6rebs
🔥 Lowry: 12pts, 3rebs, 3asts & 2blks
🔥 Martin: 11pts & 6rebs
🔥 Yurtseven: 10pts, 13rebs, 2blks & 2stls pic.twitter.com/vIGohN1dO49:45 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Coach Spo talks about the new guys coming in
Brings up Jimmy coming in, shaking their hands, and “introducing them to the Heat culture.” – 9:44 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: Heat overcomes COVID-19 and injury issues vs. Rockets. Takeaways and details from the win led by Jimmy Butler miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…9:36 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Rockets fall to the Heat, 120-110.
A chance to start 2022 off on a high note, though. Nuggets in town for the second night of the back-to-back.
Happy New Year! Have a safe night. See ya on TV tomorrow. – 9:36 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
So is tomorrow’s video film breakdown on Jimmy Butler or Kyle Guy? – 9:36 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Jimmy Butler’s 37 push skeleton Heat past Rockets 120-110. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…9:33 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
HAPPY NEW YEAR 🥂 #WINNING pic.twitter.com/VEj2l51l349:33 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The Miami Heat went 10-5 in the month of December, that kicked off with a notification that Bam Adebayo would miss a significant amount of time – 9:32 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Ending the year on a 5-game win streak, tied for our longest of the season. Now we need to find a new calendar to keep writing Ws on 🗓 pic.twitter.com/ycFkn4lXtv9:30 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
🚨New Piece🚨
Five Takeaways from Heat’s Win Over Rockets
Jimmy Butler and Kyle Guy lead the way
@5ReasonsSportsfivereasonssports.com/news/five-take…9:29 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Winderman’s view: More needed, but enough this time, plus other Heat-Rockets thoughts. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…9:29 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
FINAL: Heat 120, Rockets 110. Jimmy Butler with 37 points. – 9:28 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets lose to Heat, 120-110. Host Nuggets tomorrow. Happy New Year’s!!! – 9:28 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
You can tell how much experience and status can matter in an NBA game. The Rockets were whistled for two foul calls that appeared to be baited by Miami and a 5-point game went to nine. Rally stopped cold after that. – 9:24 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Tate blocked a Herro shot. Silas challenged the call that it was off Tate and won the challenge. Rockets down 10 with 2:33 left, needed the challenge. – 9:21 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets guards expected to play both games of back-to-back ift.tt/3eHYWO99:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Heat begin to turn the corner on health and safety absences ift.tt/3sPc0tg9:18 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
30+ pts for @Jimmy Butler for the 6th time this season #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/ytnZVfc0u99:14 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Big game for Jae’Sean Tate who was not cleared from H & S until about 4 p.m. Has 20 points in 20 minutes, has made 8 of 11 shots. – 9:14 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The difference between Tyler Herro this year compared to last year is rough shooting games don’t just end things with his impact
He can facilitate and pass at a very high level to keep him above water
8 assists right now
That matters – 9:14 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets had not knocked down the 3s to finish this run. They were 0 for 8 in the fourth quarter before Tate hits from the corner, cutting the Miami lead to five with 4:41 remaining. – 9:12 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Once again, Jimmy Butler doing what he wants when he wants – 9:07 PM
Rick Noland @RickNoland
Cavs losing focus as Hawks heat up – 9:07 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets are in this game in a large part because of offensive rebounding. They have outscored the Heat, 19-3, in second chance points. – 9:03 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Martin with a put-back inside and Eric Gordon with a second-shot drive and the Rockets are within eight, as close as they have been since the first minute of the second quarter, on an 11-1 run. – 9:02 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat’s lead down to eight. – 9:02 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
#Rockets on an 11-1 run to make it an 8-point game. – 9:02 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Heat guard Nik Stauskas currently has more points tonight (5) than the Michigan football team does (3). – 8:58 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
With a quarter still left to go, Kyle ties his career-high of 17 pts with the tough finish pic.twitter.com/bDbePjCsj78:55 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of 3.
Rockets: 87
Heat: 100
@Kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/u5WSXxIUdg8:55 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Heat 100, Rockets 87 after 3. Guy with a career-high 17, Butler with 27. Rockets with 17 turnovers, leading to 23 Heat points. – 8:54 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
End of third quarter: Heat 100, Rockets 87. Jimmy Butler with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Kyle Guy with 17 points off the bench. – 8:54 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I was high on the Haywood Highsmith pickup
It may not work out now, but he will be back eventually pic.twitter.com/O34KT0HF4O8:53 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat 100, Rockets 87 at end of three. Butler with 27, Kyle Guy with 17, Yurtseven with a 10-10 double-double. Heat had led by 25. – 8:53 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy has tied his career-high with 17 points. – 8:52 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy has tied his career high of 17 points. – 8:52 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Minutes for Trevelin Queen. Guess Rockets figure they would match who’s he with who’s he. – 8:49 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Haywood Highsmith playing the exact role that I talked about in my latest piece
Defense and corner shooting – 8:49 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Heat fan behind the Miami bench shouts out “Free Rio, we want Rio.” Chalmers has, after all, been on the team for several hours. And now a “We want, Rio” chant starts. – 8:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
From the Toyota Center logo! 💦 pic.twitter.com/7Nf5wPQeja8:39 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler with 27 points in 22 minutes – 8:37 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Kevin Porter Jr. hit with a technical foul after Lowry drew a foul on him, his third. Heat up 14. Butler doing pretty much whatever he pleases. – 8:37 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
This dunk made it 23 points for number 22 in 21 minutes. Thought that was pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/bhGEA9dHNV8:36 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Jimmy Butler up to 27 points on 14 shots. – 8:35 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
For Competitors Only
#HEATCulture pic.twitter.com/HbwGY3i1838:35 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
This Heat defense is just the worst matchup for Jalen Green lol
Combining a team that spams charges and a guy that flies in the air every drive is a bad mix – 8:35 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Kyle Lowry positioned himself to draw a charge on Green before Green took his first step on his drive from near the 3-point line. With another foul moments later, Green sits with four fouls. – 8:35 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets have made the Rayjon Tucker 10-day signing official. He should be available tomorrow in Houston. – 8:34 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets reduced a Miami lead that reached 25 to 10. If they keep it going, Heat will have to get Kyle Guy back in. – 8:31 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I’m going to say it:
They need to get Kyle Guy in – 8:31 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Alperen Sengun is questionable to return vs. Miami with a right ankle sprain. – 8:25 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
15 pts, 4 ast, 4 reb & 3 stl at the half.
Instant impact. pic.twitter.com/8X5YlDmATI8:20 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Jae’Sean Tate cleared to return to Rockets vs. Heat ift.tt/3sO57bQ8:18 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
everybody eating so far 🍽 pic.twitter.com/rjlwcdcuUE8:16 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Heat 74, Rockets 60 at half. Heat match the most points the Rockets have allowed in a half this season and the most the Heat have scored Heat 11 of 18 on 3s, their most in a half this season. Butler with 19, Guy with 15 on 5 of 6 shooting. Green with 12. – 8:15 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
74 points at the half for the Heat with a bench full of guys who have never played a game this season with Miami before this point – 8:15 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Halftime: Heat 74, Rockets 60. Heat shooting 11 of 18 on threes to set a new season-high for points in a half. – 8:14 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Takes a lot to get a Toyota Center crowd booing a no call. Rockets believed Butler shoved Green out of the way on his last second 3-pointer. – 8:14 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat go up 25 in second quarter, take 74-60 lead into half in Houston. Butler with 19 for Heat, Kyle Guy with 15. Yurtseven 10 points, 6 rebounds. Butler with 3 at buzzer. – 8:13 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
There is not a ref alive that can exhale into a whistle faster than Eric Gordon can throw up his hands when he is fouled. – 8:09 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets are down 17, have outscored Heat by five in Eric Gordon’s eight minutes. As much as plus/minus can be misleading, don’t know why he has played just eight minutes, other than an effort to limit his playing time in the back-to-back. – 8:06 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy has already tied his career-high with four made threes. – 8:03 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy has tied his career regular-season high of four 3-pointers. – 8:02 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Yurt takes that pass in stride and scores with ease 😤 pic.twitter.com/MG7hJwEFgo8:01 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
I wrote about Kyle Guy after catching up with him in Las Vegas when he was part of the Warriors Summer League team. pic.twitter.com/vLPodi9HWE8:01 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets have missed their past six shots with four turnovers in five minutes. Heat 15-0 run to lead 62-38 with five minutes still left in the half. Heat bench, without a player that has ever played for them, has outscored Rockets reserves, 22-11. – 8:00 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy on triple-double pace, with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists with 5:15 left in second period. – 8:00 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
I don’t mind seeing the Rockets lose at all. That’s part of the process. But Kyle Guy destroying them is a bit unsettling. – 7:59 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Miami is on a 15-0 run. They lead it by 24. They’ve got 22 points from players who have never played in a Heat uniform, let alone practiced with them. Kyle Guy has 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. – 7:59 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
update: we’re on a 15-0 run and lead 62-38
see also: Kyle Guy can hoop – 7:59 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
This is the first 12-point, four-rebound, four-assist, three-steal game of Kyle Guy’s career. He’s been with the Heat for 19 minutes. – 7:59 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat, with just five regulars in uniform, ahead of Rockets 62-38. – 7:58 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy ain’t giving up no minutes to Mario Chalmers. – 7:58 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy for Sixth Man of the Year? – 7:58 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
There’s 6 minutes left in the second quarter and the Heat have 60 points led by Kyle Guy, Nik Stauskas, Caleb Martin, etc
What an end to the year – 7:57 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
hear me out: if kyle guy is voted an all-star starter but his 10-day has expired, what happens? – 7:57 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
The Heat’s bench, which includes six players on 10-day contracts, is outscoring the Rockets’ bench 22-11. – 7:56 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
36-11 Heat since the botched fastbreak – 7:56 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
now THAT’s a finish 💪 pic.twitter.com/7N8YFWxqWZ7:56 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy up to 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting in nine minutes. His NBA career-high is 17 points. – 7:51 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Don’t disrespect the range. 💦 pic.twitter.com/FlYAv32Xan7:51 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets getting blown out by guys (and a Guy) who have to wear nametags on the front of the uniform so their teammates will know what to call them. – 7:51 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets have completely cratered since the botched fastbreak – 7:51 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Caleb carrying that momentum into the 2nd. Kaboom. pic.twitter.com/Y3fn6Vdxbu7:48 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The more I watch Caleb Martin, the more I feel he’s so underrated
Not just perfecting his three-ball and providing some rim pressure on offense, but he’s always in the right spot defensively
He just does winning things – 7:47 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
With Nik Stauskas opening the second quarter for Miami, the NBA has now seem 541 different players appear in a game in December alone.
That’s more than have played in any other full SEASON in league history. – 7:45 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy’s 10 points are his career high for an NBA half. – 7:44 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Finding the bottom of the net early and often from distance 🔥 pic.twitter.com/orGCjxIq7H7:43 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy has already tied his NBA career-high for a half with nine points. – 7:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of 1.
Rockets: 30
Heat: 41
@Kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/8dkZaSeutW7:42 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Heat 41, Rockets 30 after 1. Heat on 17-3 run since Rockets went to their bench. Heat shoot 66.7 %, 7 of 10 on 3s and commit one turnover. Rockets defense still rarely gets in the way, especially off the bench. – 7:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
If Kyle Guy and Nik Stauskas start raining down threes on these 10 days with the Heat, I’m just going to assume they can make any shooter into a productive NBA player. – 7:41 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler and Kyle Guy with 19 of Miami’s 41 first quarter points
Never thought I’d say that – 7:41 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
End of first quarter: Heat 41, Rockets 30. Heat shooting 7 of 10 on threes. – 7:40 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Heat put up 41 in the first quarter with 206 guys out. – 7:40 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat 41, Rockets 30 at end of one. Butler 10 points for Heat, Herro six assists. – 7:40 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
At the New Year’s Eve #Rockets game with the family. My daughter says Heat guard Kyle Guy looks like a TikTok’er. pic.twitter.com/lnLAzOGOuL7:35 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy’s nine-point first quarter is the highest scoring quarter of Guy’s NBA career. – 7:34 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
3-3 from downtown so far in his debut.
Kyle Guy, everyone. pic.twitter.com/Q9b8rwQ3wV7:33 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
The nine points are the highest scoring quarter of Kyle Guy’s NBA career. – 7:33 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets lineup has two second-year players, Tate and Brooks, and three rookies, Christopher, Sengun and Nix. – 7:32 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Rockets might want to cover that Guy. – 7:31 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
this Guy can shoot 😳 – 7:30 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy now with nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from deep. That Heat developmental system even produces gems in 24 hours. – 7:30 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Kyle Guy cannot be stopped. Has taken three 3s and hit three 3s. – 7:29 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy next in the Robinson, Strus lineage, 3 of 3 on 3s. – 7:29 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy with six points on 2-of-2 shooting from three-point range in two minutes. – 7:29 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Jimmy hits the spin move and currently leads the way with 10. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/MFpR0nQjKZ7:26 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
As the Heat go to the bench, the entire Heat second unit tonight has combined to play 0 games for Miami this season. – 7:26 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Guy and Haywood Highsmith are the Heat’s first two reserves in the game. – 7:25 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler doing what he wants to begin this one offensively
Waiting out clear-outs and going
That’s his formula right now – 7:25 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Guy and Haywood Highsmith as Heat’s first two reserves. – 7:25 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets defense has been considerably better than it was to start against the Lakers, and the Heat have made 7 of 9 shots, with assists on five of them. – 7:22 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
That’s what Tyler Herro will have to do every time Wood switches onto him
Length still truly slows him down offensively
It places limitations
But waiting out the play and feeding Yurtseven with a guard on his back is the read – 7:19 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Kevin Porter Jr. diving after a loose ball seemed to impress Jimmy Butler, who rushed over to help him up. Takes one to know one, I guess. – 7:18 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
This is the first game that Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry have played in together since Dec. 6. – 7:13 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
#Rockets starters for New Year’s Eve! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/IOAOSW3jSk7:09 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Many cheers for Tomball’s Jimmy Butler in introductions. – 7:06 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Final preparations underway, who’s tuned in?? pic.twitter.com/J7kdpqC6N37:04 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Let’s run it back, @Mario Chalmers!
Sound On // @JBLaudio pic.twitter.com/oIskqyUaWC6:52 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Tom Thibodeau will face OKC assistant-turned-head-coach Mike Wilks tonight. Thibs said he coached him as assistant when Wilks was a guard in Houston. Wilks is from Milwaukee, used to be buddies with Latrell Sprewell. – 6:46 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
None of the Heat’s six reserves tonight have played a single minute for the team this season. – 6:43 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
#Rockets starters vs. Miami: Gordon, Wood, Nwaba, Green and KPJ. Remember – Silas found out Tate was available about two hours ago.
Miami will start Butler, Herro, Lowry, Martin and Yurtseven – 6:38 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Lowry, Herro, Butler, Martin and Yurtseven starting for the Heat.
Coming off the bench: Chalmers (!), Guy, Stauskas, Highsmith, Holman, Silva. – 6:37 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat starting Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin, Jimmy Butler and Omer Yurtseven tonight. – 6:35 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets starters: Nwaba, Gordon, Wood, Green, Porter Jr.
Heat starters: Butler, Martin, Yurtseven, Herro, Lowry. – 6:34 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Here’s to our final 5⃣ of 2⃣0⃣2⃣1⃣ pic.twitter.com/2flLYY47YL6:34 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat listing a starting lineup of Omer Yurtseven, Caleb Martin, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry. Those are the only five core players available tonight. – 6:33 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Is tomorrow 2022 or 2012?
Welcome back, Rio. pic.twitter.com/S9CcYijwum6:31 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
After an eventful few days, the Heat has enough to play tonight vs. the Rockets. Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry are both available miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Spoelstra on a crazy 72 hours and what it has been like to welcome back Chalmers and Silva – 6:20 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Mario Chalmers and Tyler Herro might be on the floor together tonight. HeatTwitter must be like … pic.twitter.com/Rb2Pdjbb3L6:16 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
#MIAvsHOU UPDATE: Coach Spo says Jimmy Butler (ankle) is ready to go for tonight’s game. – 6:10 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra on Heat adding Chris Silva, Mario Chalmers, “It’s like going back in time.” sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Also: Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler back in action. – 6:09 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Another Nuggets player in health and safety protocols: Monte Morris
He joins Jeff Green, Bones Hyland and Zeke Nnaji. All four are all out tomorrow against the Rockets, the team says. – 6:02 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Murray, Porter, Dozier, Howard, Green, Hyland, Morris, Nnaji are all out against Houston.
Gordon, Rivers & Cancar are questionable. pic.twitter.com/XjExGPG76d5:53 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The win for the Celtics Friday afternoon snapped a 4-game losing streak without Jayson Tatum. They hadn’t beaten a team with a winning record without Tatum in nearly two years (Miami – Jan. 28, 2020).
Since 2018, the Celtics had been 5-14 without him. – 5:51 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra has brought up the word “core” a few times in this pre-game zoom
Mentions they’re going to lean on the core Lowry, Butler, and Herro pretty heavily
“We have enough,” he says once again
And tonight, I’d actually agree – 5:40 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Erik Spoelstra is optimistic that the Heat will get players back sooner than expected with the NBA shortening the return-to-play quarantine to five days for those in protocols. – 5:40 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra says it’s like “people coming back from a school break,” with Kyle Lowry returning from protocols and Jimmy Butler being back
@5ReasonsSports5:38 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra on Mario Chalmers:
“He was ready to go and got on a flight pretty quickly. Just having him around today is like going back in time.”
Calls it “an easy decision,” since he stays in contact with him and he worked out down in Miami in August-September – 5:38 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra says he has been in touch with Mario Chalmers since the summer and that Chalmers had worked out with Heat before camp, “It’s just like going back in time.” – 5:37 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Erik Spoelstra says Jimmy Butler (ankle) is ready to play today. – 5:35 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra says Jimmy Butler (ankle) is “ready to go.” – 5:35 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Heat press conference room. Miss you guys. pic.twitter.com/gr0Z4CguxB5:33 PM

Victor Oladipo @VicOladipo
Damn that’s tough demar. – 5:30 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets coach Stephen Silas said he expects to have his regulars available for the second half of the back-to-back tomorrow vs. Denver as long as their minutes do not get extended too much tonight vs. Miami. – 5:21 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Stephen Silas on facing the shorthanded Heat, “They still have Lowry, Butler and Herro,” and, “Miami has a way of doing things, and that’s what we want to get to.” – 5:18 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
NYE drip ✌🏼
@MichelobULTRA | #ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/FqR54HjHyV5:11 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Lakers fans trying to sell Rockets fans on a trade for Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/HjmlVsmnUo5:11 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
There have been no additional positive cases found among Heat players from today’s round of COVID-19 testing, so far. – 5:00 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Jae’Sean Tate and Kyle Lowry have both cleared health & safety protocols before tonight’s Rockets/Heat game. – 5:00 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets say Jae’Sean Tate cleared health and safety protocols. – 4:58 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Moochie Norris to take the First Shot as part of the Rockets’ Flashback Friday series. In a game pitting Alperen Sengun and Omer Yurtseven I sort of thought Omer Asik would be back but you can’t go wrong with Moochie. – 4:41 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate has cleared health and safety protocols and is available to play against the Heat tonight. Heat guard Kyle Lowry also moved from out to available. – 4:34 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Remix night on New Year’s Eve! 🔥
⏰ 6:00 PM Tip-Off
📺 @ATTSportsNetSW
📻 @SportsTalk790 / En Español KLAT 1010AM pic.twitter.com/mKoLbRjsc34:17 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets rookie guard Josh Christopher joins us next on @SportsRadio610
audacy.com/sportsradio610…4:15 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Heat say Kyle Lowry is no longer in health and safety protocols and is available for tonight’s game against Houston. – 4:03 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Miami Heat say Kyle Lowry is no longer in health and safety protocols and is cleared to play. – 4:02 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
#MIAvsHOU UPDATE: Kyle Lowry is no longer in health and safety protocols and is available for tonight’s game. – 4:02 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat on track to have enough to play vs. Rockets, as Lowry clears protocols and Silva returns miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Heat on track to have 10 available tonight, and that number will go up if Jimmy Butler can play – 3:54 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
One Heat player, Kyle Lowry, has been cleared from Health & Safety protocols. So they now have 7 in the H & S protocols, but should several more than the required minimum of 8 players available to play tonight’s game at #Rockets … though things could always change… – 3:53 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat bring back Chris Silva signed on emergency deal; Kyle Lowry out of protocols, available. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Heat could have starting lineup of Yurtseven, Martin, Butler, Herro, Lowry in Houston. – 3:43 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kyle Lowry now available to play tonight in Houston
Jimmy Butler questionable
Tyler Herro obviously ready to go
Mario Chalmers 6th man of the year case starts now
They have enough – 3:33 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Lowry is now listed as available for tonight’s game vs. Rockets. – 3:32 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Kyle Lowry plans to play tonight in Houston. – 3:32 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry is out of protocols and listed as available to play tonight for Heat in Houston. – 3:31 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat add another familiar face, Chris Silva signed to emergency deal amid COVID breakout. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… It appears Heat will have enough to play at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight on road vs. Rockets. – 3:23 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
CELTICS BIGGEST LEAD – 2021-22
31 – @ PORTLAND – DECEMBER 4, 2021
30 – VS. PHOENIX – DECEMBER 31, 2021**
29 – VS. HOUSTON – NOVEMBER 22, 2021
** 1:15 remaining, 2nd quarter – 2:14 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Currently available for Heat tonight in Houston:
— Tyler Herro
— Caleb Martin
— Omer Yurtseven
— Mario Chalmers
— Chris Silva
— Nik Stauskas
— Kyle Guy
— Aric Holman
— Haywood Highsmith
(Jimmy Butler, ankle, still questionable. Kyle Lowry might clear protocols.) – 2:13 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
As of now, the Heat is on track to have nine available players tonight vs. Rockets. That number will go up if Jimmy Butler and/or Kyle Lowry can play tonight miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…2:10 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2018, the @Houston Rockets James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists in a 113-101 win over the Grizzlies.
Harden, who made 21 FT, is one of two players in NBA history to record a triple-double with 20 FTM. The other is Oscar Robertson (12/27/64). pic.twitter.com/JcK2rdeewe2:01 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Chalmers – #15
Silva – #30
Stauskas – #9
Holman – #35
Highsmith – #24
Guy – #5 – 1:55 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Going to be honest, did not expect to receive a Heat press release on Dec. 31, 2021 with this headline, “HEAT SIGN CHALMERS, SILVA AND STAUSKAS.” – 1:53 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
More info on today’s signings of Chalmers, Silva & Stauskas ⬇ gohe.at/3HkPDQg1:51 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Your Dec. 31 Miami Heat
G: Chalmers / Guy
G: Herro / Stauskas / Highsmith
F: Butler (Q)
F: Martin / Holman
C: Yurtseven / Silva – 1:50 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed guard Nik Stauskas to a 10-day contract using the COVID-Related Hardship Allowance. pic.twitter.com/U7pQ9DkhsR1:44 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat formally announces the signings of Mario Chalmers and Chris Silva as COVID-19 replacement players. Nik Stauskas signing will be next.
Heat expected to have six COVID-19 replacement players in uniform tonight vs. Rockets. – 1:43 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed forward Chris Silva to a 10-day contract using the COVID-Related Hardship Allowance. pic.twitter.com/CHpa3Dwwi81:37 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
It is official: The team announces that Mario Chalmers has signed his Heat deal, and will wear No. 15 again. He has his number back. – 1:32 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed guard Mario Chalmers to a 10-day contract using the COVID-Related Hardship Allowance. He will wear #15. pic.twitter.com/LSoLGOmUOS1:31 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat set to bring back familiar faces Mario Chalmers and Chris Silva as COVID-19 replacements. Also, a Kyle Lowry update ahead of tonight’s game in Houston miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…1:21 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
ASK IRA: Is it beginning to look like summer league for the Heat? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…1:04 PM





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