Richaun Holmes’ desperation shot at the buzzer was blocked by bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat escaped with a 105-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. The loss snapped Sacramento’s brief three-game winning streak and dropped them to 8-11 for the season.
Marvin Bagley scored an efficient 17 points on 7-8 shooting, including 3-4 from deep. The third year forward has really developed his long-range game and is now shooting at a very respectable 37 percent from deep. He is clearly working on the aspects of his game that are expected of bigs in the NBA these days.
De’Aaron Fox scored 17 of his team-high 26 points in the final quarter and it looked at times as if the point guard might single-handedly will his team to the victory, but he was unable to execute the final play which resulted in Holmes throwing up some junk as the game ended.
The Kings had the unfortunate luck of being the opponent Jimmy Butler decided to return against after missing three weeks due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol. The Heat’s star scored 30 points and had 16 free-throw attempts for the night. The Kings had only 11 attempts as a team.
Sacramento now travels to New Orleans for a scheduled rematch with the Pelicans on Monday. Hopefully, they will get to play as there are some rumors swirling now that a Miami player may have been in contact with an individual with Covid-19 earlier that day. If so, the Kings could be looking at some more time off.