LeBron scores 40 as Heat topple Kings

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 1:55pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 2:10pm

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 79 points as the Miami Heat prevailed 141-129 in a double overtime marathon against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

James scored 40 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds while Wade tacked on 39 to rescue the East-leading Heat (41-14) and give them a league-high 12th consecutive victory.

Miami led 110-101 with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter before visiting Sacramento (19-39) ran them down with a frantic 11-2 run that included three consecutive three-pointers from Marcus Thornton.

Thornton’s shooting display, which included eight three pointers, contributed to 36 points of the visitor’s total but it was not enough to cool the Heat.

After both teams added 12 points in the first overtime, James tallied 11 points in the second as the home team outscored the Kings 17-5 to finally put away their brave opponent.