Heat 141, Kings 129 (2 OT)
MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 12 of his game-high 40 points in double overtime as the Miami Heat beat the Sacramento Kings 141-129 Tuesday night in front of 19,734 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
In a tale of teams headed in different directions, the Heat (41-14) closed out February with a franchise-best mark of 12-1, reeling off 12 consecutive victories. Miami is riding a 10-game home winning streak. Sacramento (19-39) dropped its sixth in a row overall and ninth straight on the road.
Dwyane Wade had 39 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and James added eight rebounds and 16 assists. Ray Allen, who has now scored in double digits in seven straight, finished with 21 points -- 11 in the fourth.
Five players scored in double digits for the Kings, led by Marcus Thornton's 36 off the bench. Tyreke Evans scored 26 points, and DeMarcus Cousins recorded 24 points and 15 rebounds, giving him four double-doubles in his past five games.
James started his surge by pulling down an offensive rebound and making a basket on the opening possession of the second OT.
After a steal by Mario Chalmers and dunk by Wade, Thornton connected on his eighth 3-pointer to cut the lead to one. Following a Sacramento steal, Wade chased down a Thornton lay-up for a block, and James recorded the next eight points for Miami, including consecutive shots from behind the arc.
There were 13 lead changes and 15 ties heading into the second overtime.
James opened the first overtime with a three-point play. Cousins countered with a basket but failed to convert on the free throw that would have finished a three-point play. Chris Bosh (15 points) scored six on a pair of free throws and two jumpers. Thornton answered with a 3-pointer, and Wade countered with a fadeaway. Isaiah Thomas connected on a 3-pointer to give the Kings a 124-123 lead.
It became a tie game at 124 when James made one of two free throws with 29.3 seconds left. Following a defensive stop and a timeout at 5.7 seconds, James' layup attempt was blocked. After video review, it was determined that the ball went out on a Sacramento player, and Miami was awarded possession with 0.4 seconds left. Bosh missed a jumper.
Down 92-90 following Cousins' dunk in the fourth, the Heat rattled off six straight points and extended its lead to nine with 2:45 remaining.
But the Kings chipped away, and Thornton's 3-pointer made it a two-point game with 23.7 seconds to go in regulation. After Wade missed two foul shots with 20.8 seconds remaining, Cousins' put-back with 8.5 seconds tied it at 112.
NOTES: Heat forward Shane Battier was inactive because he felt tightness in his right hamstring. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he wanted to give him the extra day of rest before Friday's matchup against the Grizzlies. ... James received his Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for January -- his third of the season -- before the game. ... Kings coach Keith Smart looks to get guard Toney Douglas more playing time, citing his play being "very much so different from the guys we already have." Douglas has played in just four February games. ... Forward DeMarcus Cousins has recorded three double-doubles in his past four games, averaging 17.5 points and 10.8 rebounds. ... Up next: Sacramento faces a quick turnaround in Orlando with the back end of consecutive games. Miami has a couple of days off before hosting Memphis on Friday.
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