When it was over, after the Heat’s streak somehow survived Sacramento sub Marcus Thornton, Dwyane Wade stepped on the ball until the clock ticked down.
And it did, finally, mercifully, tick down.
It did so 10 minutes after most might have expected, considering that the Kings entered Tuesday’s play with a 5-25 record on the road, and considering that the Heat seemingly had seized control late in regulation.
“Yeah, man, long game,” Wade said after the 141-129 double-overtime victory, the Heat’s 12th straight win. “Those guys kept making bombs.”
They did, especially Thornton, the guy LeBron James called “Little Buckets,” the guy whom Miami selected in the 2009 second round, only to trade away. Thornton connected on 8-of-12 from deep and scored 36 points, which on any other night, against any other duo, might have been enough to win.
Unfortunately for Thornton, he was up against two players posting what Erik Spoelstra characterized as “video-game numbers.”
Wade recorded a season-high 39 points, plus eight rebounds and seven assists.
James posted a season-high 40 points, plus eight rebounds and a career-best 16 assists.
“It would have been nice to get a 40-40,” Wade said of the point totals. “If I would have hit my free throws, we would have never got there.”
Those were his first and only free throws of the contest, and they came with 20.8 seconds left in regulation and the Heat ahead by two.
“Those both felt great,” Wade said. “I couldn’t shoot them any better.”
The rim, however, could have been kinder.
DeMarcus Cousins put back Isaiah Thomas’ errant layup for the tie.
Then Wade’s fallaway 20-footer fell short.
“They did a good job defending that,” Spoelstra said.
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