SACRAMENTO – Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox made a game-tying layup at the end of regulation — the second time in two weeks for the rookie point guard — and veteran Zach Randolph scored the first three points of the extra period and finished with 22, and the Kings rallied to beat the visiting Miami Heat 123-119 on Wednesday night.
Sacramento blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and the Heat got a very productive night from point guard Goran Dragic, who scored 11 straight points in the fourth quarter to fuel Miami’s comeback and matched his season high of 33 points.
Unfortunately for the Heat, Dragic missed a potential game-tying turnaround jumper with 20 seconds left in overtime, then stepped out of bounds with the ball with 12.3 remaining.
It’s the second straight loss for the Heat, who came into the game barely holding onto the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
“They wanted it and they came back and got us,” Miami’s James Johnson said. “We can’t be complacent and take (anyone) for granted. We’re not a team yet that can be able to turn it on and off.”
Wayne Ellington had 22 points with six 3-pointers, Johnson added 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Justise Winslow scored 13 points for Miami – which was playing without Dwyane Wade (hamstring) for the second straight game and Hassan Whiteside (left hip) for the third straight.
The Heat trailed 104-91 following consecutive buckets by Buddy Hield, who finished with 24 points. Dragic, who was fouled hard twice earlier in the quarter, then went on his tear.
Dragic made a three-point play and two 3s sandwiched around a pair of free throws to cut the Kings’ lead to 104-102. After Fox missed two free throws for Sacramento, Kelly Olynyk’s shot beyond the arc gave the Heat their first lead of the second half.
“It was just a high pick-and-roll between him and Kelly,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They found the weak points in that time and time again. He was just tremendous.”
Ellington’s 3-pointer pushed the Heat’s lead to 110-106 before Hield hit a 3 to make it 110-109.
Miami turned the ball over on a shot clock violation with 9.3 seconds remaining but Randolph missed a short jumper. Olynyk made one of two free throws for the Heat before Fox’s shot at the buzzer forced overtime.
“We will just have to gather ourselves and keep on developing this muscle of resilience,” Spoelstra said.
– Associated Press