Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/13/13
SACRAMENTO -- The Miami Heat released all of their frustrations Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena during a 128-99 victory over the hapless Sacramento Kings. The Heat (24-11) entered the game having lost two in a row and quickly showed it did not plan on losing three straight for the first time this season. Three minutes into the contest, the Heat held a 14-2 advantage. Mario Chalmers scored a season-high 34 points to lead the Heat to one of its easiest wins of the season. Chalmers made 10 of 13 3-pointers as the Kings were incapable of covering the penetrations and perimeter shooting on the same possession. Chalmers scored 13 points in the first quarter to help the Heat get off to its quick start. Six members of the Heat scored in double-figures, including LeBron James, who scored 20 points, had five rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Miami never was pushed at either end of the floor during one of the Kings' worst performances of the season. Kings guard Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 34 points and made six of eight 3-pointers. The play of the game came on a reverse alley-oop dunk by James off a pass from Dwayne Wade. Miami's dominance showed statistically in its 35 assist-to-10 turnover ratio. The Kings have lost by more than 20 points in two of their past three home games. NOTES: LeBron James entered Saturday night's game just 70 points shy of scoring his 20,000th career point. James is 28 years and 13 days old. Kobe Bryant is the fastest player to 20,000 points at 29 years and 122 days. ... Miami entered the game having held its past three opponents to below 40 percent field-goal shooting. Conversely, the Kings had allowed an average of 114.3 points per game in their past three. ... Second-year Kings guard Jimmer Fredette entered the game with a 90.8 free-throw shooting percentage, which ranks him second behind former Kings (now Oklahoma City) guard Kevin Martin. Kings coach Keith Smart said the team either hears from the league or calls the NBA when there is possibility of suspension, such as regarding DeMarcus Cousins' flagrant foul II in Thursday's loss to Dallas. "We called them (Saturday) because we wanted to know. You know, it's a first-to-the-worm thing."
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