It was all Miami Heat when the Sacramento Kings were blown out at home by 29 points on Jan. 12.
Who would’ve thought the team with the worst road record in the league would put up a fight in the house of the defending champions? That’s exactly what would happen yesterday on Feb. 26.
The Kings led 85-84 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Heat started to pull away. Sacramento almost let the Heat get away in the fourth quarter, but Marcus Thornton would be pivotal throughout the game.
He made two-straight three-pointers to bring the Kings back in range near the end of the fourth quarter. With time winding down, Isaiah Thomas missed a lay-up but DeMarcus Cousins’ put back tied the game at 112.
Dwyane Wade missed jumper what could have been the game-winning shot and the two teams would go into overtime.
Halfway through the first overtime, the Kings and Heat traded baskets. With the chance to go up for good, Chris Bosh blocked Isaiah Thomas’ lay-up with eight seconds left in the game.
LeBron James would go for the game-winning shot for the Heat, but John Salmons blocked him. The Heat had one more chance after Tyreke Evans touched the ball with 0.4 seconds left, but Bosh shot an air ball and the game was sent into a second overtime, tied at 124.
Unfortunately for the Kings, their time ran out. Miami went on a 17-5 run in the second overtime on their way tying their franchise-high in team points.
After a valiant effort, the Kings lost to the Heat 141-129.
Thornton became the second-highest opposing bench scorer in the Heat’s franchise history, dropping 38 points and making 8-out-of-12 three-points shots.
Cousins had 24 points and 15 rebounds and Evans also scored 24 points.
James scored a season-high 40 points to go with a career-high 16 assists for Miami and Wade finished with 39 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Ray Allen scored 21 points off the bench.
The Kings haven’t beaten the Heat since Mar. 2, 2008, a game they trailed by 20 points at halftime and won 120-109. They haven’t beaten the Heat in Miami since 2001.
Kings coach Keith Smart says he got an “incredible game effort” from his team:
I thought everyone did the job necessary to give us a chance and we had so many chances. A bucket here, a big play, not giving a big three here or there — we probably win this basketball game.
I thought we could if we took care of the basketball and we made some costly turnovers and this team (Miami) takes turnovers and put them into the basket pretty quick.
The Orlando Magic will host the Kings on Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m. PST.
Sacramento Kings relocation news
After the Kings’ loss to Miami, Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 in favor of entering negotiations to finance a downtown sports arena.
The negotiations will help the city move forward to attempt to block the Kings from moving to Seattle. The Maloofs, owners of the team, have already filed for relocation on behalf of the Chris Hansen’s ownership group in Seattle, but the sale of the team has yet to be approved.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson plans to present a counteroffer at the NBA Board of Governor’s meeting in April and Kings minority owner John Kehriotis is reportedly putting together a $750 million plan to keep the team from moving.
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