SACRAMENTO, California, December 28- DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 26 and the Sacramento Kings rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat the undermanned Miami Heat 108-103 in overtime.
Isaiah Thomas added 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to help the Kings snap Miami’s six-game winning streak.
Gay made a tying jumper in the final minutes of regulation, and Sacramento quickly pulled away in the extra period to bring the sell-out crowd of 17,317 roaring to its feet.
LeBron James finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds for the two-time defending NBA champions. Miami played without Dwyane Wade (rest), Ray Allen (right knee tendonitis) and Chris Andersen (sore back).
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he wasn’t sure if they would play at Portland on Saturday night.
The Kings overcame 23 turnovers and some lacklustre defence late before pulling off the comeback.
Sacramento out shot Miami 49.4 percent to 44.2 percent and outrebounded the Heat 51-35.
James set up Bosh for a dunk and then made one of two free throws to put the Heat ahead 89-85 with 2:42 remaining in the fourth.
A few plays later, Mario Chalmers was called for a flagrant foul after pushing Cousins to the ground. Cousins made both free throws, and Gay hit a tying turnaround jumper.
Gay made a 3 and Thomas hit a pull-up shot at the start of overtime. After James made a driving lay-up, Thomas answered with another from beyond the arc to give the Kings a 97-91 lead.
James still nearly rallied Miami from eight points down in the finale minute. He hit three consecutive 3-pointers – sandwiched between Sacramento scores – to bring the Heat within three with 13.1 seconds left.
But James and the Heat ran out of time.
At the outset, James wasted no time putting Miami in control. He scored nine points and assisted on two of Shane Battier’s three 3-pointers during a 23-6 run to open the game.
With James on the bench, Sacramento sliced Miami’s lead to seven in the second quarter.
The four-time NBA MVP returned and restored order – at least for a moment – to help the Heat go ahead 55-45 at halftime.
The Kings outscored Miami 29-18 in the third quarter behind big plays from Cousins and Gay – with almost all of them directed by Thomas.
Sacramento entered the fourth with a 74-73 lead to set up a furious finish.
– By Yahoo Sport