It took 79 combined points from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on this night to keep the Heat's win streak alive, but the streak lives: 12 straight and counting.
LeBron dropped a stat line that hasn't been seen since the chain-saw scene in Scarface. He finished with 40 points, 18 assists, and eight rebounds, while Wade added 39 in a double-overtime thriller over the Sacramento Kings 141-129. Pheeeeeewwwww.
The Kings simply would not go away last night. Marcus Thornton came off the bench and got crazy stupid silly hot, hitting eight (yes, eight) threes and scoring 36 points, most all of them in dramatic fashion with multiple hands in his face.
The Kings finished an insane 14-of-27 from three-point land, nearly pulling out the improbable win. Thornton himself was a human Buffalo Wild Wings lever, coming alive most at the end of regulation and overtime. Last game it was C.J. Miles; tonight it was Marcus Thornton. The Heat has a way of bringing the once-in-a-lifetime game out of generic guards on opposing teams.
It got testy at times, but do you think the Miami Heat cares about Marcus Thornton and his crazy threes? Nope, Miami Heat don't give a shit, Miami Heat don't care, they're pretty bad-ass.
In what was probably the most exciting game in what is now a cool dozen wins in a row, the Heat once again came up big with the game on the line.
"Our ball club, we don't get rattled, no matter what's going on during the course of the game," James told the media afterward. "If it's overtime, double overtime, we find a way to win."
Like I said, Miami Heat ain't care. Miami Heat gonna Miami Heat till the Miami Heat fall off, nah mean? Sorry.
The win was not only the 12th in a row for Miami, but also the 12th of February, as they finished with the third-best month in franchise history at 12-1. Miami was able to pull out the win while being without red-hot Shane Battier, who is battling ongoing hamstring problems. Battier's absence was obviously felt on the defensive end, as the Kings had open looks from the perimeter all night long.
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The Heat opens March with an always tough Memphis Grizzlies team this Friday night, before the much-awaited showdown with the New York Knicks Sunday afternoon. The Knicks have dropped to the third seed in the East (regression to the mean!), now trailing the Heat by a chunky seven games.
A win in both games would tie the franchise win-streak record set in 2004-05, but who's counting?