Player of the game: Gerald Green scored a season-high 30 points to help Miami build a big lead as the Heat defeated the Kings 112-106 on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena.
Turning point: Luol Deng made a three-pointer with 45.7 seconds to play to give Miami a 110-104. The Kings cut Miami’s 24-point lead to one in the fourth quarter.
X-factor: Miami had two key bench contributors. Center Hassan Whiteside had 13 rebounds and three blocks. The former Kings draft pick was a force around the rim without the defense of DeMarcus Cousins, serving a one-game suspension after his 16th technical foul of the season Wednesday. Heat rookie reserve Justise Winslow had 12 points.
Records: Kings 30-46, Miami 44-31
Key injuries: Kings guard Marco Belinelli (sore right foot) missed his fourth consecutive game, and forward Omri Casspi (right hamstring strain) left the game in the first half. Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade (neck, back soreness).