Although it took a little longer than expected, the Miami Heat took care of business against the Sacramento Kings in two overtimes and won their 12th straight game on Tuesday night in South Beach, 141-129.
LeBron James had a big third quarter that propelled Miami to its best frame of the evening, but the Kings were able to keep pace thanks to a great quarter from Tyreke Evans and John Salmons. They enabled the Kings to have a one-point lead going into the final frame.
Ray Allen drained a trio of three-pointers en route to a big fourth quarter, and it looked like Miami was going to win this game with a five-point lead and a little over a minute to play.
However, the Kings were able to hold the Heat scoreless in the last minute while Marcus Thornton drained a huge three and DeMarcus Cousins scored the equalizer in the paint to even the score and send the game to overtime.
After one overtime wasn't enough to decide things, the Kings and Heat went to another extra frame.
It was in the second overtime when the wheels came off the Kings' wagon. Sacramento could only muster up five points in total and couldn't keep up with the Heat, who notched 17 to finally grab the victory.
James led all scorers with 40 points, while Dwyane Wade had a monster game during regulation, finishing with 39 points in total. Miami shot 55 percent from the field overall.
Marcus Thornton's sensational 36-point effort off the bench was wasted in the losing effort, and DeMarcus Cousins also had a solid game with 24 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
Player of the Game: LeBron James
It looked like Wade was going to take home this honor, but James had two huge overtimes to steal it from "WOW."
James finished with 40 points, but apparently he got tired of the Kings hanging around and closed out the game with an 11-point second overtime. King James also added 16 assists, eight rebounds, two steals and one block.
What's Next for Miami
After a hard-fought win over Sacramento, Miami will get a few days off to rest, but things won't get any easier, as the Memphis Grizzlies will come to town on Friday night.
What's Next for Sacramento
The Kings have now lost six games in a row, so a matchup with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night will be welcomed despite the fact that it's on the road.