The Heat let this game slip away, as they fell to the Sacramento Kings, 108-103, to drop to 22-7 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 33 points, 8 rebounds, and added 8 assists. Chris Bosh provided 18 points and 7 rebounds. Norris Cole added 13 points off the bench.
For the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Rudy Gay added 26 points. Isaiah Thomas pitched in 22 points and dished 11 assists.
Granted, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, and Chris Andersen missed the game with various injuries, but this was a game the Heat should have won. Up by 4 with 1:19 left in the 4th quarter, Mario Chalmers bumped Cousins while in flight, which led to a flagrant foul call that gave the Kings two free throws and the ball. After Cousins made the free throws, Rudy Gay hit a jumper to tie the game at 89.
The Heat seemed out of whack after the 1st quarter, when they led 32-19. Aside from LeBron, the Heat were unable to get consistent scoring, and as a team were outrebounded 51-35.
In a side note, LeBron James jumped from 31st to 29th on the all-time scoring list.
The Heat’s next game is Saturday night in Portland, against the red-hot TrailBlazers (24-5). The game is scheduled for