LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 79 points as the Miami Heat prevailed 141-129 in a double overtime marathon against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
James scored 40 points, a career-high 16 assists and eight rebounds, while Wade tacked on 39 to rescue the Eastern Conference leading Heat (41-14) and give them a league-high 12th consecutive victory.
“It was probably like 20 innings if it were a baseball game, but we needed double overtime and we did it,” James said.
While on paper it figured to be an easy win for the Heat over the Conference’s last-place team, the Kings made things tough for their high-flying opponents.
Miami led 110-101 with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, before visiting Sacramento (19-39) ran them down with an 11-2 run that included three consecutive three-pointers from Marcus Thornton, who had a team-high 36 points.
After both teams scored 12 points in the first overtime, James tallied 11 points in the second as the home team outscored the Kings 17-5 to finally put the game away.
“We had every opportunity to win that game, but it didn’t fall our way this time,” Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. “I thought our guys stayed right there.”
Sacramento starters Tyreke Evans scored 26, while DeMarcus Cousins recorded 24 and 15 rebounds, but they were outshone by Miami’s high-scoring duo.
James became the first player to total 40 points and 16 assists since Phoenix’s Kevin Johnson in April 1994.
PACERS 108, WARRIORS 97
In Indianapolis, Indiana, David West had 28 points and seven rebounds as the Indiana Pacers overcame the ejection of Roy Hibbert following a fourth-quarter scuffle to beat Golden State.
West was also called for a technical foul, along with the Warriors’ David Lee, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, for the altercation that began with 6 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the game.
It began when Lee and Hibbert exchanged shoves under the basket after a missed shot. Curry tried to push Hibbert away and was shoved to the court as the fight progressed from the key to the baseline.
George Hill had 23 points and seven assists, while Paul George had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers (36-21), who have won five straight.
Curry scored a season-high 38 points and Thompson had 13 for the Warriors (33-24), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
NETS 101, HORNETS 97
In New Orleans, Louisiana, Deron Williams scored 33 points and Brook Lopez added 20 while playing against his twin brother, Robin, as the Brooklyn Nets snapped a two-game skid.
Williams did not score for much of the second half, but drained a timely three-pointer with 1:24 left, then added a fadeaway jumper, followed by six free throws in the final 18.7 seconds to seal it.
Keith Bogans added 12 points for Brooklyn, hitting all four of his shots, including three three-pointers in the fourth quarter, when New Orleans nearly erased a deficit that had been as large as 22 points in the second quarter.
Greivis Vasquez scored 20 and Robin Lopez 14 for New Orleans, who have lost four of five.
In other play, it was:
‧ Cavaliers 101, Bulls 98
‧ Bucks 95, Mavericks 90
‧ Clippers 106, Bobcats 84
‧ Magic 98, 76ers 84
‧ Suns 84, Timberwolves 83, OT