The Miami Heat entered Saturday night in a bit of a rough patch, as they’d lost five of their last eight games. However, a matchup against the Sacramento Kings proved to be a major confidence booster, as they took down the home team 128-99.
The first quarter began, and you never would have guessed that the Heat were in any sort of funk. They were extremely active on both ends, they jumped out to an early 10-point lead, and they would take all the momentum with them into the second period.
It’s no secret that this team is at its best when defense is a priority, and the energy and defensive efforts are what led to so many transition buckets.
Miami played well in fast-break situations in the first half, but where it really did its damage was the three-point line. The Heat finished the second quarter 8-of-17 from behind the arc, and the biggest surprise of all was Mario Chalmers, who nailed a season-high five three-pointers in his first 15 minutes.
After a 38-point second quarter, Miami had a 66-44 lead entering the second half. Chalmers, Chris Bosh and LeBron James led the way throughout the third period, and the road team would end up taking a 103-72 lead into the final 12 minutes.
The fourth quarter proved to be nothing more than garbage time, as Sacramento’s hopes of competing disappeared early. Miami’s bench did a good job of keeping the energy high despite the blowout, and it kept the theme of the night going, which was that the Heat are simply a better team than the Kings in almost every aspect of the game.