DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas carry Kings past Heat

In a complete effort, Isaiah Thomas finished with 22 points and registered 11 assists and 7 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings pull out the close victory against the Miami Heat, 108-103. Sacramento (9-19) picked up the win after falling to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

Thomas shot 7-16 from the field (3-7 on 3-pointers) and 5-6 from the free throw line. DeMarcus Cousins also contributed for Sacramento, finishing with 27 points and 17 rebounds. LeBron James had another big game for Miami in the loss, putting up 33 points on 12-23 shooting (4-9 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line. He also registered 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Chris Bosh chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds and Mario Chalmers finished with 11 points and 10 assists.

Surprisingly, the Heat offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Kings defense that ranks second-worst in the NBA in opponents' eFG% (52.9%). Despite finishing with an eFG% of 50.6% in this game, they rank first in the league in that metric at 56.5% this season.

This defeat means an end to a six-game winning streak for Miami, pushing their record to 22-7 for the year.

Coming up, the Kings take on the San Antonio Spurs, who are 23-7 on the season. The Heat meet the Portland Trail Blazers, currently sitting at 24-5 this year.