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Lowry powers Heat past Rockets 113-106 to remain undefeated in preseason

Miami’s new point guard racked up 10 assists in two quarters of preseason action.

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Newcomer Kyle Lowry hasn’t wasted any time making a solid first impression during his short time with the Miami Heat, and his drive and passion is already evident in the preseason.

Lowry’s dominant first half with 10 assists, five rebounds, four steals and two assists essentially powered his team to another big lead in the preseason as he worked his magic, easily finding Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler on cuts to the basket in a showcase of his court vision. His aggressiveness led to four personal fouls in those 19 minutes of action and he only scored one basket, but his elite point guard skills were on full display.

Tyler Herro continues to showcase his growing game, this time with 24 points off the bench three days after notching 26 points in their first preseason game. Beyond the impressive point total is his cold-blooded efficiency with 7-13 FG shooting, 4-7 from beyond the arc and 6-6 from the free throw line — as well as an impressive nine rebounds along with three assists and a steal.

Jimmy Butler was quiet in his first preseason game, going for nine points, while Adebayo finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in 14 solid minutes of action. Neither of them played in the first half along with Lowry, but Duncan Robinson was the only starter to begin the first half and he came through with 20 points on 7-14 FG shooting and 5-11 from 3-point territory.

Powered by the starters and Herro off the bench, Miami once again enjoyed another splendid first half and finished with a 14-point lead at halftime. Houston managed to score 36 points in the fourth quarter against Miami’s reserves to make it close, but the Heat made enough plays to outlast the home team — thanks in part to Omer Yurtseven and Dru Smith each scoring eight fourth quarter points — to improve to 2-0 in the preseason .