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After shaky fourth quarter, Kings hold on for an overtime win over the Heat

Kings guard De'Aaron Fox drives against the Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic on Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center. Dragic led all scorers with 33 points, but Fox forced overtime and the Kings came away with the win.
Kings guard De'Aaron Fox drives against the Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic on Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center. Dragic led all scorers with 33 points, but Fox forced overtime and the Kings came away with the win. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Kings won for the third time in six games by overcoming a fourth-quarter collapse for a 123-119 overtime win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings (22-47), who led by as many as 16 points, were outscored 32-20 in the fourth. Thanks to Buddy Hield (24 points), Zach Randolph (22 points, nine rebounds) and De'Aaron Fox (20 points), Sacramento escaped with a win.

Fox hit a layup at the buzzer to tie the game at 111-111 at the end of regulation. The Kings only needed two points to tie because Miami center Kelly Olynyk missed one of two free throws with three seconds left.

All-Star guard Goran Dragic led the Heat (36-33) with 33 points. Wayne Ellington scored 22 points and James Johnson had 18 points and seven assists.

Hassan Whiteside, Dwyane Wade and Josh Richardson were all out for Miami.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Glass work

The Kings were outrebounded 53-43 and outscored 20-5 on second-chance points. That didn't cost the Kings, but giving up 15 offensive rebounds will be a problem on nights the team doesn't shoot well.

On Wednesday, the Kings did shoot well at 51.1 percent, much better than the 41.4 percent the Heat finished with.

Defense from the bench

The Kings took control in the second quarter, when they used a lineup that turned up the intensity on defense.

Reserves Hield, Frank Mason III, Garrett Temple, Vince Carter and Kosta Koufos got the Kings off to a solid start in the quarter, and Sacramento held Miami to 21 points in the period.

It was the momentum swing the Kings needed. They trailed 31-24 after the first quarter.

Less power

With Skal Labissiere missing a third consecutive game with a bruised left hip, that kept Randolph in the starting lineup. Without Labissiere, the Kings do not have another power forward to use when Willie Cauley-Stein starts at center.

The Kings would love to be able to give Labissiere time to develop on the court, but if he's out, Randolph is still a reliable option on offense and can rebound, too.

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