Sacramento Kings rally past short-handed Miami Heat 108-103 in OT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Miami Heat hoped to rest three banged-up regulars and lean on LeBron James to steal a road victory before visiting one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
Instead, the Sacramento Kings spoiled those plans – and James hurt himself in the process.
DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 26 and the Kings rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat the short-handed Heat 108-103 in overtime Friday night.
”I thought our guys accepted the challenge,” Sacramento coach Michael Malone said.
James said he strained his right groin before finishing with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Miami’s six-game winning streak ended. Whether he plays at Portland on Saturday night is uncertain.
”It ain’t feeling too good right now,” James said.
The two-time defending NBA champions played without Dwyane Wade (resting his knees), Ray Allen (right knee tendinitis) and Chris Andersen (sore back). James stayed mostly on the perimeter in the second half when his injury started to swell.
The Kings capitalized on the opportunity.
Isaiah Thomas had 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to help Sacramento (9-19) upend the Heat (22-7) a week after a blowout loss in Miami.
Gay made a tying jumper in the final minutes of regulation, and the Kings quickly pulled away in the extra period to bring the sellout crowd of 17,317 roaring to its feet.