Randolph comes through in OT to help Kings beat Heat 123-119
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 15, 2018 01:11 PM
Miami Heat forward James Johnson, left, defends against Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De'Aaron Fox made a layup at the buzzer to force overtime, Zach Randolph scored the first three points of the extra period and finished with 22, and the Sacramento Kings recovered after blowing a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 123-119 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Randolph added a key block on Justise Winslow with 1:19 remaining in OT as Sacramento swept Miami for the first time since 2001-02.
That overshadowed an impressive night by Miami's Goran Dragic, who scored 11 straight points in the fourth quarter to fuel the Heat's comeback and matched his season high of 33 points. But Dragic missed a tying turnaround jumper with 20 seconds left in overtime, then stepped out of bounds with the ball with 12.3 remaining.
Randolph had the first three points in overtime with a free throw and 17-foot jumper. Fox made a short runner, Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 28-foot three-pointer and Buddy Hield added four free throws.
Hield finished with 24 points, Fox had 20 and Bogdanovic added 14 for Sacramento.
The Heat, who began the day in eighth place in the East, lost their second straight.
Wayne Ellington had 22 points with six three-pointers, James Johnson added 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Winslow scored 13 points for Miami.
The Heat trailed by 16 early in the fourth and were down 104-91 following consecutive buckets by Hield. Dragic, who was fouled hard twice earlier in the quarter, then went on his tear.
Dragic made a three-point play and two triples 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.
Ellington's three-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.
Heat: Miami made six three-pointers in the fourth quarter. ... Dwyane Wade was inactive for a second consecutive game with a mild left hamstring strain. Hassan Whiteside (left hip) sat out his third straight.
Kings: Sacramento went 2-of-11 beyond the arc in the first half and finished 8-of-24 on three-pointers. ... Skal Labissiere (bruised left hip) missed his third straight.
Heat: Travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Kings: Play at Golden State on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).