Down 21, Heat beats Rockets

– Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 15 rebounds, Chris Bosh scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat erased a 21-point second-half deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 109-89 on Sunday.

Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for Miami, which outscored Houston 65-24 in the final 23 minutes. It was Miami's largest comeback win since a 27-point rally against Cleveland in March 2013.

Marcus Thornton scored 21 points for Houston, and James Harden had 16. The Rockets have dropped their first three games of the season — all by exactly 20 points each.

Dwight Howard sat out to rest on the first night of a back-to-back. He's expected to play Monday vs. the Thunder.


•DURANT SPARKS THUNDER: Kevin Durant was 8-for-11 while scoring 25 points to help the host Thunder beat the Nuggets 117-93 and keep new coach Billy Donovan undefeated in the NBA.

•SPURS' WINNING TRIO: San Antonio's Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili posted their 541st victory together — a 95-87 win over the host Celtics on Sunday — surpassing Boston's Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish (540) for the most by a threesome in NBA history.

•RAPTORS' FRANCHISE MARK: Dwane Casey got his franchise-record 157th win as coach of the Toronto Raptors with a 106-87 victory over the visiting Bucks. Jonas Valanciunas led all Toronto players with 19 points while shooting 7-for-12 from the field.

•IT'S MAGICAL: Orlando has connected on a three-pointer in 659 consecutive games, dating to March 17, 2007, after its 92-87 loss to the host Bulls. The Magic went 7-for-23 from downtown.

•THRESHOLD CROSSED: Second-year guard Dennis Schroeder scored six points to surpass 1,000 for his career as the visiting Hawks beat the Hornets 94-92.

•NO TIMELINE FOR PERKINS: The New Orleans Pelicans say there's no timetable for how long veteran center Kendrick Perkins will need to come back from a pectoral injury.