The Miami Heat's projected starting five of Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside finally played together for the first time.
The reserves came together themselves to retake the lead in the fourth quarter and hold on for the 105-100 victory Saturday on the road against the Houston Rockets.
After getting minutes at Thursday's team scrimmage at the AmericanAirlines Arena, Whiteside made his preseason debut with 12 points on 6-9 shooting, six blocks and nine rebounds in 26 minutes. He made his presence felt immediately on both ends of the floor but was unable to make a single free throw in nine attempts.
Wade had a highlight worthy put-back dunk in the first quarter but little else offensively to show for the evening with six points, five rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes. Deng had his best game of the preseason with 15 points on 5-10 shooting with four rebounds in 25 minutes.
The Heat fell behind in the first half even though they shot well overall from the field but struggled mightily from beyond the arc (again) and missing several free throws. Trevor Ariza abused the Heat in the first half from long range but the Rockets' shooting accuracy prevented giving them enough breathing room to hold them off in the second half.
As we've seen before this preseason, Green got hot off the bench and kicked things off in the final quarter with a 3-pointer. He soon followed that up with another 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to get the Heat to within a single point midway through the quarter.
Houston only scored two points in the final two and a half minutes of the game, with Tyler Johnson scoring six of Miami's final seven points during that time span for the win.
The Heat play Sunday on the road against the Atlanta Hawks.