The Heat ran the Kings out of the building in the second half, cruising to a 122-103 win and improving their record to 20-6.
Chris Bosh led the scoring with 25 points to go along with 8 rebounds. Dwyane Wade finished with 20 points, in addition to 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. LeBron James scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 3 quarters of play. Ray Allen chipped in 18 points off the bench.
For the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins finished with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ben McLemore scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Rudy Gay added 14 points, to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Kings came to play, but the Heat were simply better when they settled in. Sacramento shot 58 percent from the field and were still run off the floor. They scored 60 points in the paint, but only shot 10-24 from the free throw line. The Heat, on the other hand, shot 61 percent from the field and had 32 assists on 51 field goals.
James stole the show early in the first quarter when he took flight over McLemore for a dunk that will surely be replayed over and over again.
Overall, this was a great team performance. The defense could certainly improve, but when the offense is clicking like it was tonight, it can overcome poor defense.
The Heat’s next game is Monday, when the Atlanta Hawks (15-12) come in for the final game of the Heat’s homestand. The tip is scheduled for 7:30 pm.