MIAMI (AP) — Listed perhaps generously at 6-foot-1, Eddie House is the shortest player on the Miami Heat roster.

Little big man, indeed.

House’s career has been marked by the ability to deliver big shots — and he’s doing that in bunches of late for Miami. In a little over two weeks, he made a two free throws to beat Detroit, hit a huge 3-pointer late in Miami’s win at Oklahoma City, and on Sunday scored 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat pulled away from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Since Jan. 22, House is shooting 64.5 percent in the fourth quarters of the seven games in which he’s played — and Miami has won each of those contests.

“He’s one of those special players that can shoot cold,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “If he’s made eight in a row, if he’s missed nine in a row, you feel that the next one is going in no matter what. That’s the kind of guy he is and we’re glad to have him.”

House sees a natural progression in the way his season has gone with the Heat.

He needed time to recover from shoulder surgery, which held him back during training camp and the preseason. That was followed by a learning process to figure how best to fit with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Wade. Then he needed a few more weeks to get into the rotation — from Dec. 3 through Jan. 12, House played a grand total of 18 minutes in a 20-game span.

Better late than never, House said.

“All I had to do was stay ready to help this team,” House said. “That’s what I did.”

He hadn’t had four straight games of double-digit scoring since November 2007. He’s had two of those streaks in the last month alone, and will look for a fifth consecutive one of those when Miami — a winner of six straight games — hosts Indiana on Tuesday night.

“It’s fun winning,” House said. “The month of December was fun, too. I wasn’t in the rotation but I still had fun with it. We were playing great basketball. As long as we’re winning, man, it’s always fun.”

House is having a bit of a bounceback season in his second stint with Miami. A year ago, he shot 38 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range. This year, he’s shooting 45 percent, 44 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

Of late, his exuberance has also gotten him in trouble. He was hit with a flagrant foul after knocking down Clippers’ rookie star Blake Griffin — House insisted it was inadvertent — in Sunday’s win. And an inappropriate celebration after his 3-pointer off a pass from James that decided the outcome at Oklahoma City drew a $25,000 fine from the NBA.

All part of the House package, the Heat say.

“He has that ignitable quality,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There’s not many guys in the league that can do that. There’s a lot of 3-point stickers in this league that you have in your scouting report, that you must make them put the ball on the floor. There’s so very few in this league that can be gamechangers on three, four straight possessions where it’s bang, bang, bang. He has that unique quality.”

A unique confidence, as well.

House was brought back as a designated shooter, someone to stretch the court for players like James, Wade and Bosh — much in the same way that Mike Miller and James Jones also do for the Heat.

And with the playoffs getting nearer every day, House is getting himself closer and closer to postseason form.

“My job is that if I get open shots,” House said, “I have to knock them down.”


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