It took a five minute overtime session, but the Sacramento Kings' South Beach blues continued Tuesday night. For the 15 straight time dating back to 2001, the Kings rolled into Miami and came away with a loss, this time by a final of 108-96.
Goran Dragic set the table for his Heat teammates. The veteran guard led the way with 25 points on 5-of-8 from long range and he added eight rebounds and eight assists in the win.
Dion Waiters hit the Kings for 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Tyler Johnson gave the Heat their third 20-point scorer, finishing the night with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting off the bench. Luke Babbitt hit three triples to finish the night with 10.
Miami had no answer for Rudy Gay. Like the Kings’ first four games, Gay went off on the offensive end, including a game-winner in the final seconds of the game. The veteran wing dropped in 30 points while grabbing 12 rebounds as the Kings.
DeMarcus Cousins abused former teammate Hassan Whiteside in the post, forcing the Heat’s $98 million man to the bench with foul trouble for most of the night. Cousins dropped 30 points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes against the NBA’s shot blocking leader. He fouled out in the final minute of the fourth on a very questionable call, but he was a beast for the Kings in Miami.
Arron Afflalo made an appearance Tuesday night. After struggling through a rough patch offensively, the 10-year vet attacked the Heat in the post, coming away with 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting.
STANDOUT PERFORMER -- The tandem of Cousins and Gay have been exceptional on most nights early this season and Afflalo joined the party tonight in Miami. The trio of players combined for 78 points on their way to the big win in Miami.
TURNING POINT -- The Heat outscored the Kings 17-5 in the overtime session to come away with the win.
INJURY UPDATE -- Omri Casspi was a late scratch due to illness. The 28-year-old forward has played in two of the Kings’ four contests this season.
WHAT'S NEXT -- Sacramento continues onto Orlando for game three of their five game road trip out East. They finish the trip with back-to-back games in Milwaukee and Toronto.