MIAMI (CBSMiami/SportsDirect) – The Miami Heat continue their season-long seven-game homestand hoping to get back on the winning side of things.
The Sacramento Kings haven’t won in Miami since Nov. 10, 2001 and attempt to end a 13-game road losing streak against the Heat on Thursday.
The Kings came close to halting the skid last season but blew a 16-point, third-quarter advantage before falling 114-109 in overtime on March 7.
Miami is 24-3 all-time at home against Sacramento and will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s 103-91 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Heat allowed 41 fourth-quarter points to lose on a night in which center Hassan Whiteside blocked 10 shots.
The Kings opened up a five-game road trip by losing 103-97 to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
Point guard Rajon Rondo had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double in six games but also committed seven of Sacramento’s 21 turnovers.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), Sun Sports (Miami)
ABOUT THE KINGS (4-8): Center DeMarcus Cousins continues to excel and had 24 points and 12 rebounds against Atlanta.
He has four double-doubles in five games since returning from an Achilles’ tendon injury but he was only 7-of-20 from the field as mistake-plagued Sacramento saw a three-game winning streak end.
“We’re not collectively together yet, connected to a point where we can play good for 48 minutes,” Kings coach George Karl said afterward. “There’s always going to be moments where the game goes the wrong way. We did a lot of good stuff.”
ABOUT THE HEAT (6-4): Whiteside had 22 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday to go with the 10 blocks as he became the seventh player in NBA history with two or more career points-rebounds-blocks triple doubles.
The 7-footer has blocked 46 shots in 10 games, surpassing the franchise mark during that opening stretch held by Alonzo Mourning (39 in 1995-96).
“Multiple efforts all over the place, all over the court,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. “The blocks he had were top-of-the-box – very few guys can make many of those plays.”
- The Heat’s largest of margin of victory is 31 during the 13 consecutive home wins against the Kings.
- Wade (18,966) is 38 points behind Dale Ellis (19,004) for 50th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
- Sacramento backup PG Darren Collison (hamstring) had seven points and five assists against Atlanta after missing the previous five games.
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