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Kings’ big rally falls short in 112-106 loss to Miami Heat

Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) looks for a place to pass off with Miami Heat forward Gerald Green (14), Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) blocking the way. Sacramento Kings against the Miami Heat on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena.
Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) looks for a place to pass off with Miami Heat forward Gerald Green (14), Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) blocking the way. Sacramento Kings against the Miami Heat on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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).

Jason Jones

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