NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Miami
(Friday, March 4th)
Final Score: Miami 104, Sacramento 83
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Miami Heat to their fourth straight win, 104-83, over the Sacramento Kings.
Shaquille O'Neal ended with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Miami, which has won nine straight at AmericanAirlines Arena.
"(Wade) has just played so solid in terms of making decisions, reading rotations, getting the ball to the right people," said Heat coach Stan Van Gundy. "Even by his standards, he is playing the game at a very high level right now."
Mike Bibby had 22 points and seven assists to lead the Kings, who have lost three straight games and ended their six-game road swing at 2-4. Cuttino Mobley added 17 points, while Peja Stojakovic had 15 points and seven boards in the loss.
"We just didn't have any energy tonight," said Kings head coach Rick Adelman. "We are a tired team and it really showed. We couldn't get any kind of spark going tonight."
Two free throws by Kenny Thomas pulled the Kings within one at 28-27 with 9:40 left in the first half. But Miami rattled off a 7-2 run to grab a 35-29 lead midway through the second quarter. The Heat lead, which seemed surmountable at the time, would hold up the rest of the game.
Miami took a 48-41 advantage into the intermission, and extended the lead to a dozen, at 78-66, entering the final 12 minutes. The Heat controlled the fourth quarter as well, outscoring the Kings 26-17 in the fourth quarter en route to the 21-point victory.
"We didn't make any stops, and they were hitting shots," said Bibby. "They were scoring and we weren't. After a while, it just got out of hand."
The Heat victory marks the first time they have swept the Kings in the season- series since the 1999-2000 season. Miami's 44-16 mark after 60 games ties the franchise's best start, which was previously set in 1996-97.
Alonzo Mourning played his first game in front of the home crowd since rejoining the Heat. The former Heat standout, who had his contract bought out by the Raptors, blocked a shot and grabbed a rebound in his first 10 seconds on the court. Mourning finished with four points and four rebounds...Kings' center Brad Miller (right calf contusion) missed the game.
03/04 23:19:54 ET