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Kings come back from 11 down in fourth to beat Heat 102-96

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have a legitimate chance to end their 13-year playoff drought and Dave Joerger is trying to impress upon his players the importance of doing the little things correctly.

It took more than three quarters for them to get the message against Miami. Even then, it didn't pay off until a big run late in the final period.

Buddy Hield scored 23 points and made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left, and the Kings rallied from 11 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 102-96 on Friday night.

Sacramento pulled within one-half game of the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the West.

''I don't think maybe anybody thought we were going to be in this position at this point of the year,'' Joerger said. ''But things have happened in the Western Conference and we've got an opportunity, so now the little stuff matters. The silly quick shot, the silly turnover, not getting back on my guy fast enough. It really matters. Everything is amplified this time of year.''

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Harrison Barnes scored 12 in his Kings debut after being acquired from Dallas as part of a three-team trade earlier in the week.

Josh Richardson scored 21 points and Dwyane Wade had 15 for Miami, all coming after the 12-time All-Star was involved in a scary fall with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Wade landed awkwardly while going for a rebound and his head bounced against the floor. He immediately grabbed the back of his head, and then rolled onto his stomach, where he lay while being checked by a team trainer.

Wade was eventually helped to his feet and walked off the court. He was examined by a team trainer and was checked for a possible concussion before returning with 4:35 remaining in the first half.

''I really don't know what happened,'' Wade said. ''I just know that I went up for the rebound and ended up on my (butt), and then my head hit the ground. But no concussion or anything. I did a lot of tests.''

Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Dion Waiters scored 12 points for Miami.

The Kings closed the game on a 9-0 run over the final 2 minutes to extend their winning streak to four over the Heat.

Sacramento trailed 96-93 following Richardson's layup with 2:05 left.

After Willie Cauley-Stein's dunk, Bogdanovic and Hield both made free throws. Hield then scored off an offensive rebound before he and Cauley-Stein combined for three free throws to end the run.

The Kings rallied after Hield gave a pep talk in the huddle during a timeout.

''I was like, `We've been here before, we've done it before,''' Hield said. ''It comes down to confidence, wanting to be in that position and wanting to succeed and excel. As a young team, they don't expect us to excel but for us we have to put pressure on ourselves to do good in those situations so coach can trust us.''

Before that, much of the attention was focused on Wade's final game in Sacramento that nearly ended early when Wade appeared to get hurt.

After returning, Wade made a trio of 3-pointers then drove around Sacramento's 7-foot center Cauley-Stein for a layup that gave the Heat a 59-50 lead.

Wade struggled down the stretch when Miami was trying to hold onto its lead. He committed a turnover while trying to lob a pass to Whiteside, then missed a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left.

Richardson also missed a layup and had a pass go through his hands for a turnover in the final seconds.

''Defensively, they did a good job of pressuring up and making our shots tough,'' Wade said. ''They did a good job of making us get down late in the shot clock and having to force a few.''

TIP-INS

Heat: Whiteside's double-double was his fourth consecutive and 27th overall this season. ... Ryan Anderson, acquired in a trade from Phoenix at the deadline, did not play.

Kings: Before the game, Corey Brewer signed a 10-day contract. The seventh overall pick in 2007, Brewer played in seven games with Philadelphia this season before being released by the 76ers earlier this week.

QUIET DEBUTS

Barnes played nearly 37 minutes, grabbed seven rebounds and shot 3 of 9 in his first game with Sacramento. Alec Burks, who was also part of the multi-team deal, had nine points and four rebounds.

UP NEXT

Heat: At Golden State on Sunday.

Kings: Host Phoenix on Sunday.

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Key Players
H. Whiteside
21 C
D. Fox
5 PG
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
17.3 Pts. Per Game 17.3
7.2 Ast. Per Game 7.2
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
55.4 Field Goal % 46.0
55.6 Three Point % 46.4
43.9 Free Throw % 72.7
  Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield 0:10
  Justise Winslow missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
+ 1 Buddy Hield made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Buddy Hield made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Justise Winslow 0:17
  Out of bounds turnover on Josh Richardson 0:17
  Offensive rebound by Justise Winslow 0:20
  Justise Winslow missed layup 0:22
  Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson 0:29
  Willie Cauley-Stein missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:31
+ 1 Willie Cauley-Stein made 1st of 2 free throws 0:31
Team Stats
Points 96 102
Field Goals 38-88 (43.2%) 37-90 (41.1%)
3-Pointers 11-33 (33.3%) 9-26 (34.6%)
Free Throws 9-19 (47.4%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 62 57
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 38 36
Team 13 11
Assists 26 18
Steals 6 11
Blocks 8 5
Turnovers 18 13
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 19 REB, 1 AST
23 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
1234T
away team logo Heat 25-28 2831241396
home team logo Kings 29-26 17332527102
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 25-28 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Kings 29-26 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Richardson SG PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Hield SG 20.7 PPG 5.0 RPG 2.5 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Richardson SG 21 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
B. Hield SG 23 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
43.2 FG% 41.1
33.3 3PT FG% 34.6
47.4 FT% 76.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Richardson 21 2 4 9/15 2/4 1/1 4 37 0 3 2 1 1 -5 32
H. Whiteside 17 19 1 7/14 0/0 3/4 4 28 3 2 0 2 17 +2 43
D. Waiters 12 1 2 4/12 4/9 0/0 0 31 0 0 3 0 1 -1 14
K. Olynyk 9 0 3 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 18 0 2 2 0 0 +16 15
J. Winslow 5 10 6 2/11 0/4 1/4 5 30 0 1 2 5 5 -6 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Richardson 21 2 4 9/15 2/4 1/1 4 37 0 3 2 1 1 -5 32
H. Whiteside 17 19 1 7/14 0/0 3/4 4 28 3 2 0 2 17 +2 43
D. Waiters 12 1 2 4/12 4/9 0/0 0 31 0 0 3 0 1 -1 14
K. Olynyk 9 0 3 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 18 0 2 2 0 0 +16 15
J. Winslow 5 10 6 2/11 0/4 1/4 5 30 0 1 2 5 5 -6 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Wade 15 4 4 6/14 3/7 0/1 0 25 0 0 3 1 3 -7 24
J. Johnson 9 3 4 3/7 1/2 2/4 2 20 2 0 3 0 3 -16 19
R. McGruder 4 3 1 2/7 0/5 0/0 1 21 0 0 1 0 3 0 8
D. Robinson 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 -5 2
B. Adebayo 2 6 1 1/3 0/0 0/3 4 19 1 0 2 2 4 -8 9
U. Haslem 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Dragic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Maten - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 49 26 38/88 11/33 9/19 21 235 6 8 18 11 38 -30 193
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 23 7 1 8/16 4/9 3/4 3 34 0 2 2 2 5 +5 32
H. Barnes 12 7 2 3/9 2/4 4/4 2 36 0 0 1 1 6 +5 22
D. Fox 12 2 3 5/17 1/3 1/2 2 29 4 0 1 0 2 -2 23
W. Cauley-Stein 7 7 1 3/5 0/0 1/3 2 24 1 3 0 0 7 +6 20
N. Bjelica 4 3 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 0 11 0 0 0 2 1 -5 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 23 7 1 8/16 4/9 3/4 3 34 0 2 2 2 5 +5 32
H. Barnes 12 7 2 3/9 2/4 4/4 2 36 0 0 1 1 6 +5 22
D. Fox 12 2 3 5/17 1/3 1/2 2 29 4 0 1 0 2 -2 23
W. Cauley-Stein 7 7 1 3/5 0/0 1/3 2 24 1 3 0 0 7 +6 20
N. Bjelica 4 3 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 0 11 0 0 0 2 1 -5 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 16 5 4 6/14 2/6 2/4 2 34 2 0 2 1 4 +11 29
H. Giles 10 3 0 4/9 0/0 2/2 1 16 1 0 4 2 1 -5 10
A. Burks 9 4 1 4/5 0/1 1/1 0 14 1 0 0 1 3 +1 16
Y. Ferrell 6 1 5 2/4 0/1 2/2 2 18 1 0 1 0 1 +8 17
M. Bagley III 3 7 0 1/6 0/0 1/1 3 20 1 0 2 1 6 +6 9
C. Brewer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Koufos - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 46 18 37/90 9/26 19/25 17 236 11 5 13 10 36 +30 187