The short-handed Heat beat the Kings 121-110 for their fourth straight win

The short-handed Heat beat the Kings 121-110 for their fourth straight win

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) – Bam Adebayo He scored 28 points and Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 26 points as the Miami Heat beat the Sacramento Kings 121-110 on Monday evening, achieving their fourth consecutive victory.

Kevin Love He provided a big spark with 19 points off the bench and Caleb Martin scored 16 points for the Heat, who were without three key players due to injuries or suspensions — including the superstar. Jimmy Butler.

“When you miss a guy like that, everyone has to step up,” Jaquez said. “He’s a big part of our team and missing him is obviously something we feel. But it doesn’t matter, we still have to play a game. The guys have to step up and we want to do that for these guys.”

Sacramento Domantas Sabonis He had 14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for an NBA-high 21st shutout this season. Sabonis also became the 10th player in league history with 40 consecutive double-doubles in a single season.

Keegan Murray He scored 28 points and DeAaron Fox added 27 points for Sacramento, but the Kings were unable to continue their great victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and their three-game winning streak was halted.

“They came out here and played well offensively and defensively,” Fox said. “We have to be better. I can’t turn the ball over like I did. But it’s not like they didn’t come out here and hit hard shots.”

Key absences led to Miami’s 30 different starting lineups in the 57th game of the season. Butler, Nikola Jovic and Thomas Bryant served suspensions for their roles in Friday night’s fight in New Orleans. Tyler Herro (left knee), Terry Rozier (right knee), Josh Richardson (right shoulder) and Orlando Robinson (Noon) They came out injured.

But that didn’t hamper the Heat, who got a lot of contributions from little-known players like Dillon Wrightwho scored 13 points in his debut with Miami, and reserve Haywood Highsmith, who scored all 15 of his points in the first half.

The Heat outlasted Sacramento 20-4 during the first quarter intermission to take a 65-62 lead into halftime and built from there.

Love scored 10 points during a 17-2 run to end the third quarter with Miami leading 101-81.

“It allowed us to go back to the old Kevin Love style, where we ran our offense through him,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s very smart, physical, smart. Over short stretches, he’s been as good as he’s been, and you saw that tonight.”

The Kings tried to mount a comeback, getting a 3-pointer from Kevin Huerter and two from Murray in less than a minute to go on a 14-1 run that cut the lead to six midway through the fourth on a floater from Fox.

Sacramento got as close as two points on a Fox layup with 3:41 left, but back-to-back Jacquies baskets helped hold off the Kings.

“That’s what this group is about,” Spoelstra said. “It’s become a lot less about anything in the huddle or practice. You just have to use your competitive spirit and figure out how to win that game.

the next

Heat: Visit Portland on Tuesday.

Kings: Visit Denver on Wednesday.

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