Game Recap: Kings vs. Heat.

Starting Line-ups

Kings

  • Beno Udrih
  • Tyreke Evans
  • Donté Greene
  • Jason Thompson
  • DeMarcus Cousins

Reserves:  Carl Landry, Francisco Garcia, Samuel Dalembert, Pooh Jeter, Omri Casspi, Darnell Jackson, Luther Head.

Heat

  • Carlos Arroyo
  • Dwyane Wade
  • LeBron James
  • Chris Bosh
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Reserves:  Juwan Howard, Eddie House, James Jones, Jamaal Magloire, Joel Anthony, Mario Chalmers, Erick Dampier.

First Quarter Recap

The Game started in the fashion that you would expect with LeBron James scoring on an ally-oop along the baseline.  The Kings’ took a lead at 8-6 at the eight minute mark on a Jason Thompson fall-away over Chris Bosh.  This seemed to ignite the team and less than a minute later, they had pushed the lead to seven.  At the six minute mark of the first, DeMarcus Cousins picked up his second foul and Samuel Dalembert replaced him in the line-up.  The Kings’ continued to pace between  three and seven points ahead of the Heat for the remainder of the period.  Led by Jason Thompson’s nine points and Tyreke Evans’ five, the Kings held a surprising, if not shocking seven point lead at the end of the first.

Kings  24  Heat  17

Leaders

Kings-   Thompson (9) Points;   Cousins (4) Rebounds;   Udrih (2) Assists.

Heat-   James (5) Points;   Bosh (4) Rebounds;   Wade/Arroyo (2) Assists.

Second Quarter Recap

The Kings’ slowly let their lead slip away in the second which for this team is customary.  Sloppy play early led to a big-time dunk by Dwyane Wade that drew some ooh’s and aah’s.  Wade followed that dunk moments later with an incredible throw down in the half court which allowed the Heat to take a 30-29 lead.  With LeBron James on the bench, Dwyane Wade looked spectacular, torching the Kings for nine early points in the second.  The Kings’ lone stand out in the second was Omri Casspi who hit three huge three pointers to give the Kings’ the lead back at 38-37.  The Heat continued to apply pressure and at the half, they led by five with Chris Bosh and LeBron James having very little impact on the game.

Kings  42  Heat 47

Leaders

Kings-   Thompson (11) Points;   Dalembert (6) Rebounds;   Udrih (6) Assists.

Heat-   Wade (17) Points;   Bosh (17) Rebounds;   Wade (6) Assists.

Team                  Kings         Heat
FG%                     41.9%          45.2%
Rebounds         18                  26
Assists/TO        9/6              11/5

Third Quarter Recap

The Kings’ came out flat in the third and the Heat made them pay.  Less than three minutes into the quarter, the Heat lead hit a game high 13.  At the 6:29 mark, that lead was 20 and growing.  Coach Westphal went to the bench with Casspi and Dalembert and like the second quarter, Casspi instantly made an impact.  At the 2:55 mark, the Kings’ had cut the Heat lead to 14 after a big three pointer by Beno Udrih but LeBron answered the Kings barrage, hitting back to back jumpers and pushing the lead back to 19.  LeBron gave a little back to end the quarter, after burying a fall-away three pointer, he taunted the Kings’ bench and got T’ed up.  He followed up the technical by getting called for goal tending on an Omri Casspi break-away.  At the end of three, the Heat lead sat at 16 with both LeBron and Wade showing why they make the big bucks.

Kings  62  Heat  78

Leaders

Kings-   Casspi (17) Points;   Dalembert (8) Rebounds;   Udrih (7) Assists.

Heat-   Wade (23) Points;   Bosh (11) Rebounds;   Wade (6) Assists.

Fourth Quarter Recap

The fourth quarter started with a different feel than the third.  After Omri Casspi hit a quick three, Carl Landry went at Chris Bosh on back-to-back plays, scoring and getting fouled both times, unfortunately missing both at the stripe.  The Kings fought to get back in the game but with the Heat making shots, it became extremely difficult for them to get out in transition.  The Heat just had too many weapons for the Kings’ to compete with.  If the 51 combined points from Wade and James were not enough, Chris Bosh kicked in 17 rebounds, helping the Heat to a 57-36 advantage on the glass.

Kings Lose!!

Kings  83  Heat 104

Leaders

Kings-   Casspi (20) Points;   Dalembert (11) Rebounds;   Udrih (7) Assists.

Heat-   Wade (36) Points;   Bosh (17) Rebounds;   Wade (6) Assists.

Team                    Kings         Heat
FG%                       36.7%         51.9%
Rebounds           36                 57
Assists/TO         17/11          22/14

Player of the Game: Dwyane Wade.  The Kings’ have struggled with elite wings all season and tonight was not different.  The only thing that could have stopped Wade tonight was him picking up a second technical which did not happen.  Th Heat star led his team both in scoring (36) and assists (6) and he shut down Tyreke Evans on the defensive end.

The Difference Maker: No, it’s not LeBron James.  The Kings’ have an ability to get back in games against elite opponents.  Tonight would have been no different if Chris Bosh wouldn’t have grabbed 17 rebounds, 15 of those on the defensive end.  Bosh kicked in 14 points for good measure but it was the work he did on the glass that really changed the game tonight.

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About: James Ham

James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also provides game day coverage for NBA.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart".