The Miami Heat were without captain Dwyane Wade with neck and back soreness after a rough fall in L.A. The Heat needed to have a great group effort and that's exactly what they saw from the very beginning of the game against the Kings. Sacramento was without DeMarcus Cousins, suspended, and they didn't respond in the same way.
The Heat squandered a 24 point lead down to 1, but they were able to hang on and get the 112-106 win. Miami improves to 44-31 on the season and currently moves into 3rd in the East.
The Heat were down 16-20 to the Kings to start the game and then they took off. Miami went on a 23-4 run to finish the quarter. They were paced by Gerald Green who started the game hot. He scored 20 points in the first half. Miami as a team shot 63% in the half including 8-12 from three in the half. They led 66-48 at the break.
The second half, and mostly the fourth quarter was a different story. The Heat's biggest lead was 24, but the Kings slowly chipped away at it. Let by Darren Collison, the Kings took what was a comfortable game, and made it a game for most of the fourth quarter. The Heat simply stopped hitting so many three-pointers, and couldn't contain Collison in transition.
They lead got all the way down to 1, but Miami never let the Kings get the lead back. They hung on down the stretch with baskets from Joe Johnson and some free throws. The Heat shot 51% from the field for the game and had 5 players in double figures, while all 8 scored 6+ points.
Gerald Green: He played a great three quarters and tallied 30 points through three. He didn't score in the fourth and made one really bone-headed decision that got him a technical and cut the lead to 1. But, filling in for Dwyane Wade, he made up for it with 5-9 from deep.
Darren Collison: Off the bench he had 26 points and was the catalyst for the Kings comeback. He drove to the lane and his mid range shot was on target. He made a living at the line, too.
Seth Curry: He got off to such a great start that it seemed like we were playing the other Curry. Seth had a career-high 21 points including 4-6 from deep.
Heat Core: Joe Johnson had 14 points, Luol Deng with 17 points, Goran Dragic had 18 points. Justise Winslow chipped in 12 off the bench and Whiteside had 13 rebounds.
Where the game was won
The Heat were up 3 with about a minute to play. They got a stop, Whiteside rebounded it and on the other end, Luol Deng drilled a corner three on an assistant from Goran Dragic to give Miami a 6 point lead with 45 seconds to go.
Highlight of the night
Awesome way to end a quarter!— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 2, 2016
Defense ➡️ offense. pic.twitter.com/D2980N0Nhz
The Heat next play on Saturday night, 10:00 PM EST at the Portland Trail Blazers.