SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- There will be no bid for an NBA record going into Saturday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Instead, the Miami Heat will be left to wonder how this one got away.
Up 17 early, and playing from the lead for most of the fourth quarter, the Heat fell 108-103 in overtime Friday night to the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Having won their previous 19 games against the Western Conference, one victory from matching the longest such streak by an Eastern Conference team, the Heat could not overcome second-half struggles by LeBron James on a night Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen were held out.
After scoring 19 points in the first half, James closed with 33, but needed three late three-pointers for that total.
While Heat center Chris Bosh added 18 points, it was not enough on a night the Kings got 26 points from forward Rudy Gay, 27 from center DeMarcus Cousins and 22 from guard Isaiah Thomas.
The Heat won the first meeting of the two-game season series 122-103 last Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena, shooting .614 from field, with 70 points in the paint.
The Heat entered having won 10 in a row from the Kings, including their last four visits to Sacramento, winning 128-99 last season on the Kings' court behind 10 3-pointers from guard Mario Chalmers.
The Kings had been idle since Monday's 113-100 home loss to New Orleans, with losses in 12 of their previous 16.
But this time, the Kings had all the answers they needed.
With Wade, Allen and Andersen looking on, James was sharp early, with his sixth point, he passed Larry Bird for 30th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
James' 19 points in the first half were one point shy of his high for a first half this season, which he accomplished on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats. He had a 23-point second half earlier this season against the Phoenix Suns.
With three rotation regulars out, Wade and Allen with knee soreness, Andersen with a balky back, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra went with forward Michael Beasley in the first quarter, after bypassing utilizing him in Wednesday's victory in Los Angeles. Udonis Haslem also got early minutes.
Roger Mason Jr. started in place of Wade.
The Kings opened the scoring in the extra period with a Gay 3-pointer, with a pull-up jumper by Thomas lifting Sacramento to a 94-89 lead with 3:53, all the while with James with just three points since the intermission.
James then busted in for a layup, only to have Thomas respond with a 3-pointer. An inside basket by Cousins, who was playing with five fouls, then pushed the Kings to a 99-93 lead.
James hit three late 3-pointers, but it was too little, too late.
The Heat took a 65-45 lead into the second half, but found themselves trailing 74-73 at the start of the fourth, after James was limited to two points on 1-of-4 shooting in the third quarter.
Limited to six points in the first half, Gay had 11 in the third quarter on 5-of-5 shooting, making up for his 1-of-5 start to the game, when he was forced to the bench with a second foul midway through the opening period.
Spoelstra then opened the fourth quarter with both James and Bosh on the bench.
With a lineup featuring Beasley, Haslem, Norris Cole, Chalmers and Rashard Lewis, the Heat moved back to the lead early in the fourth, although a miss at the line by Haslem ended the Heat's 13-of-13 open on free throws.
James and Bosh then checked back in with 6:46 to play, with the Heat up 82-78, plus-five with the aforementioned mix-and-match lineup.
From, there a 3-pointer by Thomas and a putback by Cousins drew the Kings within 84-83.
With Spoelstra going with in a lineup of James, Bosh, Beasley, Chalmers and Cole, the Heat were unable to distance themselves as James continued to struggle with his offense, shrugging his shoulders at one point after a miss.
Then, with 1:19 to go in regulation, Chalmers was called for a flagrant foul with a blatant shove against Cousins on the rebound scramble as the shot clock was winding down on the Kings. Cousins made both free throws to draw the Kings within 89-97, with the Kings retaining possession.
Chalmers now has five points in the league's flagrant system, with his next flagrant foul mandating a one-game suspension.
A Gay jumper over Beasley then tied it 89-89 with 62 seconds to play in regulation.
The Heat then lost the ball out of bounds with 42.7 seconds to play in regulation on a bad pass from Beasley to James.
Thomas then was off with a jumper on the other end, with James off with a jumper at the regulation buzzer, leaving the Heat with their second overtime game in a week, needing the extra period to win Monday at home against the Atlanta Hawks.
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