The Sacramento Kings will host the Miami Heat at Golden 1 Center on Wednesday.
The Heat (36-32) started their current road trip on Monday getting trounced by the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-99. The Heat's starters were largely ineffective in the defeat, with the exception of Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson, who led the team offensively with 23 and 17 points, respectively. Dragic shot 10-of-17 from field goal range but missed all three of his attempts from long range, while Johnson went 6-of-15 from the field but drained four three-pointers. Justise Winslow recorded a double-double in a reserve role, dropping 15 points and taking in 13 rebounds, while Wayne Ellington finished the night with 11 points, three boards and three triples to his credit. It was an off night for Miami's team defense, one that ranks fourth in the NBA, holding opponents to an average of 102.3 points per game. The Heat have an opportunity to leapfrog the Milwaukee Bucks for seventh place in the Eastern Conference this week, a team they sit just a half game behind. Their three-game West Coast trip wraps up on Friday evening when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers.
Monday saw the Kings (21-47) finish their two-game road jaunt 0-2, as they were topped by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 106-101. Bogan Bogdanovic led the charge for Sacramento behind a team-leading 19 points, adding eight rebounds and going 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Through 65 starts, Bogdanovic is averaging 11.7 points and 3.4 assists per game. Justin Jackson and Garrett Temple each put up 15 points, with both adding three triples and Temple hauling in seven rebounds. De'Aaron Fox logged a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, while Zach Randolph went 0-of-4 from downtown on his way to 10 points. Sacramento heads back on the road after their pit stop versus the Heat on Wednesday, with two tough contests slated against the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz this weekend.
Posted on March 13, 2018 at 10:23 PM ET
Updated on March 14, 2018 at 1:49 AM ET