The Kings were headed to another defeat after the way their starters came out and quickly fell behind by 17 points Friday night against the Miami Heat.
It looked as if LeBron James would do what he wanted and the Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen, would coast.
That’s when Quincy Acy came in to prevent the rout.
Acy scored eight points in the second quarter to lead the Kings in the period and Sacramento outscored Miami 26-23 in the second.
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It wasn’t a resounding victory in the quarter, but it cut Miami’s lead to 55-45 at half, a manageable deficit. In the end, the Kings won, 108-103, in overtime.
“The second unit came in and got us back in the game,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “Quincy Acy brought energy and effort.”
Derrick Williams, Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Thornton and Travis Outlaw also played a lot in the second quarter.
“Honestly it was the second group that brought us back in the game,” said DeMarcus Cousins. “The first group defended terribly in the first quarter. The second group came in, played with some energy, cut the game to 10 and it became a game.”
*I wrote a lot about Cousins maintaining his composure in that fourth quarter when things got heated between the teams. Chalmers might have cost his team the game with that Flagrant Foul 1 on Cousins. Horrible decision.
After the game, Cousins and Chalmers talked and things appeared cool. Same for Cousins and LeBron James after they got tangled up in the fourth.
*The way Rudy Gay played is why the Kings wanted him. Gay had 20 points after halftime.
*Isaiah Thomas had 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for yet another good game against Miami.
*The Kings outrebounded Miami 51-35 and had 16 second-chance points compared to two for the Heat. The Kings also outscored Miami in fastbreak points, 22-13.
*After giving up 70 points in the paint last Friday in Miami, the Kings held the Heat to 38 points in the paint while scoring 60 in the paint.