Tonight’s matchup: Heat face Rockets’ explosive backcourt of Harden, Paul in final game of trip

Rockets center Clint Capela shoots over Heat center Hassan Whiteside during Miami’s win in Houston last February. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


When: Monday, 8 p.m.

Where: Toyota Center, Houston

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun, NBA TV/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 27-19, Houston 32-12



F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Derrick Jones Jr.

G: Wayne Ellington


F: Trevor Ariza

F: Ryan Anderson

C: Clint Capela

G: James Harden

G: Chris Paul

Scouting report: The Heat are listing both Goran Dragic (left knee bruise) and Tyler Johnson (left ankle sprain) as questionable. Dragic missed Miami’s 106-105 win at Charlotte on Saturday. Johnson has missed the last three games. … Wayne Ellington, in for Dragic, scored 26 points against the Hornets in his first start of the season. … Miami is without Dion Waiters (left ankle), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and Okaro White (left foot surgery). … The Heat have won 9-of-11 and are playing the final game of a five-game road trip. … Miami has won three of the last four games in the series including both last season. … Dragic averaged 21 points and shot 55.2 percent in two games against Houston last season. … The Rockets are coming off a 116-10 home victory over the Warriors that snapped Golden State’s 14-game road winning streak. … The Rockets are tied for the second-best record through the first 44 games of a season in franchise history. They are 17-0 when Clint Capela, James Harden and Chris Paul play together and 15-12 when they don’t. … Harden leads the league in scoring with 31.5 points per game and it third with 9.0 assists per game. Paul is averaging 19.2 points and 9.0 assist. … The Rockets are second in the league in scoring, averaging 114.7 points per game. They lead the league with 15.7 3-point field goals per game and 43.3 3-point attempts. … Harden averaged 39 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Miami last season. … Houston is 17-6 at home.

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