104 - 83 Final
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Heat stay hot with rout of Kings

Dec 12, 2010 - 7:43 AM Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combined for 61 points, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to eight games with a 104-83 victory over Sacramento.

Wade led all players with 36 points and James added 25 with 10 rebounds as Miami remained one of the hottest teams in the NBA with an easy win over the lowly Kings.

Chris Bosh joined James with a double-double, chipping in 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

Wade, James and Bosh combined to score 12 points in a 17-2 run during the third quarter that all but put the game away.

"A team effort," said James, who pointed to the Heat's 57-36 rebounding edge as a big reason for the win.

Kings head coach Paul Westphal noted that his team took 90 shots to Miami's 79 and still lost by such a large margin.

"They whipped us on the boards," he said. "I'd like to have 90 field goal attempts to 79 every night we play."

Sacramento got 20 points from bench player Omri Casspi, but failed to build on a victory over Washington on Wednesday that snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Trying to win back-to-back games for only the second time this season, the Kings squandered a seven-point lead after the first quarter.

Jason Thompson scored nine of his 13 points in the quarter and Sacramento shot 55 percent, taking a lead as big as eight on Samuel Dalembert's bucket before ending the quarter with a 24-17 advantage.

But Miami found its groove, posting a 30-point second quarter that began with a 20-5 run.

Wade scored seven of his 13 second-quarter points during an initial 13-5 burst that gave the Heat the lead. Mario Chalmers had two three-pointers during the overall run, including one that gave Miami an eight-point lead at 37-29.

Sacramento rallied to take a one-point lead, but Wade and Bosh combined to score the last six points of the half to give the Heat a 47-42 lead at the break.

James joined his teammates in leading Miami's third-quarter run, hitting consecutive jumpers near the start. Carlos Arroyo capped the burst with a three-pointer to make it 64-44.

The Heat lead never dipped below 14 on the way to a 78-62 advantage heading into the fourth. It was never lower than 12, and grew as high as 23, in the final 12 minutes.

"When you play the Miami Heat, you know you're going to have to deal with James and Wade," said Westphal, "and tonight we saw up close and personal how difficult it is."

Game Notes

The Heat shot 52 percent from the field, while the Kings shot 37 percent...Miami closed a perfect 4-0 road trip...The Heat have won 13 of 14 and 22 of their last 28 meetings with Sacramento...The Kings won consecutive games on October 30 and November 1.

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