The Sacramento Kings were hoping for a Christmas miracle when they visited the Miami Heat on Friday, Dec. 20. After a high-octane first half for both offenses, the Heat took control and coasted to a 122-103 victory.
Chris Bosh led Miami with 25 points. LeBron James finished with 18 efficient points on 8-of-11 shooting plus eight assists and six boards. The Heat shot 61.4 percent and hit 10 of their 23 three-point attempts. Five different players had at least five assists as they shredded the Kings defense all game. Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen all put up pretty stat lines as well.
DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 27 points and Kings rookie Ben McLemore had 20.
Miami led 67-61 after a first half filled with offense. That was highlighted by LeBron James absolutely flattening McLemore on a tooth-rattling slam dunk. Someone should really tell the kid how the restricted area works.
Then Miami limited the Kings to just 42 points in the second half and stretched their lead past 20 for a lopsided fourth quarter.
The Kings fall to 7-18 and have lost eight of their last 10. The Heat move to 20-6 and remain within a breath of the Indiana Pacers for the top of the East.