Heat pull away from Kings; Pacers win in OT

Posted at 02/22/2012 2:53 PM
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (R) is defended by Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson (L) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida, February 21, 2012. Photo by Rhona Wise, Reuters.

MANILA, Philippines – Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat pulled away from the Sacramento Kings in the second half to win their seventh straight game, 120-108, while the Indiana Pacers needed overtime to put away the New Orleans Hornets, 117-108.

Wade had 30 points and 10 assists to lead the Heat, who shot 55.6% from the field and led by as much as 18 points in the second half.

The Kings were able to keep the game close through their three-point shooting, as they finished the game making 48% of their shots from beyond the arc.

Sacramento was able to cut the lead to five points, 92-97, early in the fourth but the Heat reeled of nine straight points to remain in control.

The Kings were unable to cut the lead into single digits after that point.

"We weren't necessarily sharp consistently throughout the game. We did some nice things in spurts and stretches," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told NBA.com.

“You have to give the Kings credit, they played very well... They pushed us there until the very end,” he added.

LeBron James added 18 points and eight assists for the Heat, while Chris Bosh scored 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, rookie Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points for the Kings, but was held without a point in the final quarter. Marcus Thornton added 23 and Tyreke Evans had 21 points and 10 assists.

"We had to play a perfect game to win against this team, and we were pretty close to a perfect game," Kings coach Keith Smart said.

"We had moments, but when you give up 25 points off turnovers, you are not going to beat many teams," Smart added.

The Heat improved their record to 26-7, half a game ahead of the Chicago Bulls in the East.

Overtime victory

Meanwhile, Roy Hibbert exploded for a career-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers past the Hornets in overtime.

Hibbert scored four points in a decisive 13-2 run that allowed the Pacers to take control of the game in the extra period.

"That's good, bust most importantly, we won the game," Hibbert said of his career-best effort.

The Hornets were able to keep in step with the Pacers for most of regulation before eventually running out of firepower in overtime. It was their second straight loss.

"They were in our paint all game," Hornets forward Trevor Ariza said. "They scored a lot of points in the paint... They got to the basket a lot."

Paul George added 20 points for the Pacers, while Ariza finished with 21 points for the Hornets.

Cavs over Pistons

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Gee took over in the final period as the Cavs edged the Detroit Pistons, 101-100.

Irving and Gee combined for 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Cavs rallied from a 17 point deficit.

Irving finished with 25 points and 8 assists, while Gee had 16 points. Antawn Jamison had a game-high 32 points.