The youthful Kings came out at a blistering pace and hit 13 three pointers on a near 50% success rate but were still unable to stop the Heat’s run which now stands at 7 consecutive wins.
Sacramento are by average the youngest team in the league but they showed very little inexperience as they were outworking the Heat rebounding the ball and making every open shot Miami were surrendering.
Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas hit 9 three pointers between them as the Kings had 4 players score over 16 points but Miami still took the game comfortably.
Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 30 to continue his incredible run of scoring form. LeBron James added 18 points and 8 assists, continuing his ridiculous efficiency shooting 7/11 from the field and a perfect 2/2 from both the FT line and from deep.
The Kings are the no.1 offensive rebounding team in the league and continued that against a Heat team that likes to get out and run whenever possible. The Kings finished with 15 offensive rebounds but finished with just 1 more rebound overall than Miami. Still a good achievement given the Heat have not been out rebounded during their winning streak.
The difference between the two was field goal defense. Miami registered over 55% from the field as the Kings struggled to rotate with so much emphasis on Wade and James. Sacramento meanwhile hit just 45% of their shots as the Heat, through the large part, showed off their defense that closes out on perimeter shooting as well as I have ever seen.
The Heat host Jeremy Lin and the Knicks on Friday.