NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 31 26 32 29 118
Sacramento 21 22 36 31 110
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , February 18, 2021
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

Heat, aiming to shake off ugly loss, visit Kings

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According to STATS

Miami Heat at Sacramento Kings

  1. Miami beat Sacramento on January 30 in Miami, 105-104, as Jimmy Butler scored 30 points in his return. The Kings have won their last three at home against Miami after winning just two of the previous 12 meetings in Sacramento dating back to 2004.
  2. Miami has lost three straight games following a four-game winning streak from February 5-11. The Heat allowed 97.0 points per game over that winning streak, five points fewer than any other team in that time, but have allowed 119.0 ppg in their last three.
  3. Jimmy Butler has recorded three triple-doubles in his last four games, including becoming the first Heat player to record one in back-to-back games. Only LeBron James (4 in 2010-11 and 2012-13) has recorded more triple-doubles in a season than Butler's three this year in Heat history.
  4. The Kings have shot at least 50.0 percent in each of their last three games but lost all of them. The last team to shoot 50.0 percent or better in four straight games and lose them all was Phoenix from November 22-27, 1985.
  5. Hassan Whiteside recorded 26 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks off the bench for the Kings against Brooklyn on Monday. He's one of three reserves to record a 25-15-5 game in the last 35 years after Keon Clark (29-16-6) for Toronto in March 2000 and Charles Barkley (31-21-7) for the 76ers in November 1986.
  6. Sacramento averages 53.1 points in the paint per game this season, fourth best in the NBA, while Miami's 39.9 paint points allowed per game is the fewest in the league.

The Miami Heat will look to bounce back from a wrenching setback when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

Miami never trailed in regulation and let a 19-point lead get away Wednesday before falling 120-112 in overtime to the Golden State Warriors.

The Heat seemed on their way to victory when they led by 14 points with 6:40 left in regulation, but the Warriors scored 11 consecutive points and 20 of 26 to force the extra session.

"We just weren't able to score down the stretch even though we had some open ones," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It was a storm (of bad things) at both ends."

The disappointing outcome leaves the Heat with three consecutive losses and a 1-3 record on their seven-game road trip. Miami is just 4-10 on the road this season as it visits a Sacramento squad that has dropped four straight games.

Bam Adebayo scored 24 points for the Heat at Golden State, and Jimmy Butler recorded 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to become the first player in Heat history with back-to-back triple-doubles.

Seven Miami players scored in double digits, but the late-game drop-off in play wasn't new for the Heat.

Duncan Robinson, who scored 13 points, said it is a frustrating pattern that needs to change.

"We're not making enough winning plays down the stretch of games," Robinson said. "If you don't do that, you're not going to win. It's something we need to figure out."

The Heat edged the Kings 105-104 in Miami on Jan. 30 after losing five of the six previous meetings. Butler scored the decisive layup with 42.1 seconds left to cap a 30-point outing for the Heat. De'Aaron Fox scored 30 for Sacramento.

The Kings are struggling entering the rematch and crave a triumph to end a five-game homestand. Their defense has been missing in action, allowing an average of 125.5 points during the four-game skid.

The defensive performance was especially bad Monday during a 136-125 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, who set a franchise record by making 27 3-pointers despite the fact that Kevin Durant sat out the game with a hamstring injury.

"Unfortunate, but we knew this was going to be that type of test," Kings coach Luke Walton said. "They're not an easy team to stop, and as soon as we made mistakes ... they turned them into 3, 3, 3 like that. Tough to beat a team when they hit 27 threes."

Backup big man Hassan Whiteside had a superb outing with season highs of 26 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots in just 24 minutes. He became the first Sacramento player to log at least 25 points, 15 boards and five rejections in a game since Chris Webber in January 2001.

Cory Joseph added a season-best 22 points and Buddy Hield made six 3-pointers while scoring 21 points. Fox added 19 points and eight assists, and Marvin Bagley III scored 19 after missing the previous two games due to a calf injury.

Bagley said that the Kings' play fluctuates when the team is going through a dry spell. This is Sacramento's second four-game slide of the season.

"When we're winning, we're getting stops, playing together, moving the ball, getting a lot of assists, making the right defensive reads, playing together, having fun, trusting each other," Bagley said, "but in stretches like this, we kind of go away from those things."

Sacramento's Harrison Barnes (foot) will miss the Thursday contest, but teammate Richaun Holmes (knee) might sit out a second consecutive game. Miami's Goran Dragic (ankle) will be sidelined for the seventh straight contest.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 18, 2021

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