Instant Replay: Kings succumb to Heat in OT, drought continues

Instant Replay: Kings succumb to Heat in OT, drought continues


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.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.