LeBron James had 40 points and a career-high 16 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 39 and the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak to 12 games...
MIAMI — LeBron James had 40 points and a career-high 16 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 39 and the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak to 12 games by outlasting the Sacramento Kings 141-129 in double overtime on Tuesday night.
Ray Allen scored 21 for the Heat, which remained six games clear of second-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings.
Miami’s 12-game winning streak is the longest in the NBA and matches the second-longest in franchise history.
“Our ballclub, we don’t get rattled, no matter what’s going on during the course of the game,” James said. “If it’s overtime, double-overtime, we find a way to win.”
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Marcus Thornton scored 36 points for Sacramento. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Tyreke Evans added 26 points, John Salmons 15 and former UW Husky Isaiah Thomas 14 for the Kings.
James became the first NBA player to finish with at least 40 points and 16 assists since Kevin Johnson — now the mayor of Sacramento — had 42 and 17 for Phoenix against Denver on April 3, 1994.
“Even with a double-overtime game, those are video game numbers,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, noting that he told Wade the same after his 19-for-28 shooting effort in 46 minutes.
Percentages: FG .516, FT .731. Three-point goals: 14-27, .519 (Thornton 8-12, Salmons 3-4, Thomas 2-4, Evans 1-4, Cousins 0-1, Brooks 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Team turnovers: 19 (26 PTS). Blocked shots: 5 (Salmons 2, Brooks, Hayes, Thornton). Turnovers: 19 (Cousins 4, Salmons 4, Thompson 4, Evans 2, Thomas 2, Brooks, Patterson, Thornton). Steals: 12 (Evans 5, Cousins 2, Brooks, Salmons, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton). Technical fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .554, FT .792. Three-point goals: 10-23, .435 (Allen 5-10, Chalmers 2-5, James 1-2, Lewis 1-2, Wade 1-2, Bosh 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Team turnovers: 13 (21 PTS). Blocked shots: 9 (Bosh 4, Wade 2, Andersen, James, Lewis). Turnovers: 12 (Wade 4, Cole 2, James 2, Allen, Bosh, Chalmers, Lewis). Steals: 13 (Bosh 3, Cole 3, Wade 3, James 2, Chalmers, Haslem). Technical fouls: None.
|Sacramento||22||31||32||27||12||5 — 129|
|Miami||27||24||33||28||12||17 — 141|
Attendance: 19,734 (19,600). Time: 2:49. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Scott Twardoski, Sean Wright.