Close, but no cigar.
Looking for their fourth straight win, the Kings showed guts on the second night of a back-to-back in Miami. In the end, a last-second shot from Richaun Holmes came up short and the Kings (8-11) fell to the Heat (7-12) by a final of 105-104.
Jimmy Butler returned after a 10-game absence and power through the Kings for 30 points. Bam Adebayo got loose for a big double-double and Tyler Herro chipped in 15 to help push the Heat over the top.
Here are three takeaways from the Kings dropping a tough one on South Beach.
De’Aaron Fox got angry. After a series of games where he couldn't get a call to save his life, the Kings’ starting point guard picked up a technical foul in the first half and almost earned another.
Instead of pouting, the 23-year-old went into attack mode and rallied his team in the fourth. He hit the Heat with a pair of step back 3-pointers and then used his speed to break down the defense.
Fox scored 17 of his team-high 30 in the final 12 minutes of the game. He added six assists and six rebounds while showing the leadership that the Kings need from their star point guard.
Marv in the corner
Marvin Bagley clearly worked on his perimeter shot during the offseason and it’s starting to pay for the 21-year-old power forward.
Bagley entered Saturday shooting 34 percent from long range on the season and that jumped to 37 percent after his performance against the Heat.
The 21-year-old knocked down 3-for-4 from 3-point range on his way to 17 points and four rebounds. Bagley's developing almost every game as he settles into his role with the Kings.
Kyle Guy sighting
Kyle Guy hadn’t stepped on the floor for the Kings since Jan. 8, a span of nine games over 22 days. That streak ended Saturday night in Miami when the Kings’ two-way guard got an early call from coach Luke Walton.
Needing some guard depth on the second night of a back-to-back, Walton gave Guy a long look and the 23-year-old didn’t disappoint. In 15:32 of action, Guy scored five points on 2-for-6 shooting and added four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
Guy pushed the tempo, chased rebounds among the trees and had a quick trigger. He’s buried on the depth chart, but a couple more outings like this and he might earn a longer look.