Despite coming out to a 21-6 lead, the Miami Heat slipped and fell to a 108-103 loss to the Sacramento Kings Friday night.
The Kings fought back and forced an overtime period that they would win. However, in the proverbial “Did Team X lose, or did Team Y win” question, the Heat absolutely lost.
Miami gave up the lead by lapsing on defense, turning the ball over and failing to capitalize on transition opportunities, giving up 22 fast break points.
Mostly, they could not stop the Kings in the paint, who scored 60 points near the basket. DeMarcus Cousins racked up 27 points and 17 rebounds.
LeBron James had 33 points in the game, but scored just two of them in the third quarter. The Kings took advantage and came back to even the score and take the lead going into the final period. That said, James almost led the Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen, to the win. He couldn’t overcome the bad juju, though.
These are the worst king of games for the Heat, even in December, when they cannot get out of their own way. They were late helping on defense (though no Wade certainly hurt) and made Cousins look like Roy Hibbert looking like Hakeem Olajuwan.
Miami came out strong and looked like they were taking the Kings seriously. Maybe they took their collective foot off the gas, or Cousins beat them up so bad insdie that they couldn’t recover. More likely, it was probably a bit of both.
All said, they could gain back momentum against the Blazers Saturday night.
On a positive note, Mario Chalmers had a strong game, scoring 11 points and tacking on 10 assists. His vision and passing were sensational throughout.
The Heat play the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center at 10 p.m. ET Saturday.