Heat try to stay hot versus Kings
(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat put a trio of streaks on the line this
evening when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat come into tonight’s game as winners in eight straight overall and 13
in a row at home. Those winning runs have moved the Heat to within one-half
game of Washington for the lead in the Southeast Division.
In addition, Miami has won each of its last six games over the Kings.
Miami and Sacramento wrap their two-game season series tonight. The Heat took
the first meeting, 93-91, in overtime on December 7. Dwyane Wade paced Miami
in the win with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
However, Wade won’t be around for tonight’s game but that hasn’t mattered much
to Miami, seeing how the club has gone 9-2 since Wade went down with a
separated shoulder that has him out indefinitely.
The Heat’s winning burst hit eight games on Thursday when the club downed New
Jersey, 93-86. Udonis Haslem was the surprise star, as he scored 21 points and
grabbed 12 rebounds in the win.
Shaquille O’Neal finished with 19 points and seven boards while Jason Williams
posted 13 points and 12 assists.
Miami is 22-10 at home this season and will host Orlando on Sunday.
The Kings have lost their last four games, which includes the first two sets
of their current five-game road swing.
Sean May scored 20 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and hit the game-winning
shot from beyond the arc with 16 seconds left, as the Charlotte Bobcats edged
Sacramento, 111-108, on Wednesday.
Kevin Martin had 26 points, seven boards and six assists, while Ron Artest
added 21 points and seven assists for the Kings.
Sacramento is currently at the very bottom of the Pacific Division, but are
only one game out of a playoff spot. The club is 10-22 on the road this season
and will also travel to Orlando and Atlanta.
The Kings’ last win over the Heat came on January 13, 2004 in Sacramento.