NBA Game Summary - Miami at Sacramento
(Sunday, March 2nd)
Final Score: Sacramento 120, Miami 109
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Beno Udrih and Kevin Martin combined for 37 second-half points, as the Kings rallied from a 23-point deficit in the third quarter for a 120-109 win over the struggling Miami Heat.
Ron Artest led the way with 32 points for Sacramento, which snapped an eight- game skid to the Heat. Martin ended with 29 points and Udrih totaled 23 points and nine assists, as the Kings broke a four-game overall slide.
"Losses like this in your building last for a long time, especially the way that we were getting beat," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "They were on fire - they shot almost 70 percent in the first half."
Dwyane Wade had 26 points, but just eight after halftime, for Miami, losers in 13 of its last 15 and 28 of 31 contests. Additionally, the Heat have lost 15 of their last 16 on the road.
A pair of free throws from Jason Williams moved the Heat to a 75-52 lead with 10:40 left in the third quarter, but Miami then allowed the Kings to feast at the foul line. Sacramento hit 18-of-20 foul shots in the quarter.
Martin's three-pointer brought the Kings within 81-71 at the midway point of the third and a 15-1 run later in the period gave Sacramento the lead. Martin's three tied the game at 87, and Udrih's shot from the left corner made it 90-87 with 40.8 seconds left, sending the Kings faithful into a frenzy.
Shawn Marion's dunk represented the final bucket of the third quarter for a 90-89 margin, but the Heat continued to falter in the fourth.
Udrih's incredible reverse layup, when he essentially put the ball over his head backward going away from the basket, moved the Kings to a 97-89 lead with 9:05 left. A pair of free throws from Francisco Garcia moved the cushion to 101-91, and Miami failed to get closer than seven the rest of the way.
Wade's jumper moved Miami to a 20-10 lead with 6:04 left in the first, but the Kings came back with the next 11 points, capped by a Brad Miller layup. The runs continued, as the Heat went on a 13-4 burst later in the period and led 34-27 going into the second.
Miami widened the lead to 62-39 following a Ricky Davis three-pointer with 3:32 left in the second, and it was 69-49 at the half. The Heat shot a blistering 68.4 percent (26-of-38) over the initial 24 minutes, but was 14-of-33 in the second half.
"It was a complete reversal of halves," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "You cannot rely that you are going to shoot 68 percent the rest of the game. They came out very aggressive and took it to us."
The Kings went 12-of-17 from three-point range...Miller had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists...Williams scored 18 to go with eight assists, and Davis scored 14...Miami ended at 56.3 percent from the field, barely edging Sacramento's 56.2 mark.
03/03 00:36:37 ET