The Kings were playing without Carl Landry, their solid power forward with an amazing career shooting percentage well over 50 percent both in the regular season and over 37 playoff games.
Sacramento was also handicapped by their recent trade with Toronto which caused a substantial change in the roster, with four players leaving the squad. The team has only had a couple practices for the new teammates to become acquainted with each other. While the Kings are still learning each others names, the Miami Heat brought a team with a roster which has played together for over a year, with a full pre-season and all the games this year.
During the game DeMarcus Cousins received an early ticky-tack technical, forcing him to be more passive in his play for most of the game.
Despite being short-handed and playing with these multiple handicaps, the Kings blew out the Heat over the last four quarters outscoring them by 18 points.
Although the Heat played with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, who between them have 16 All-Star game appearances, it takes more than two All-Stars, one of the best players in NBA history, and the AP Male Athlete of the Year to beat the Kings.
Once the Kings are at full-strength and are used to playing with each other, even the addition of a third All-Star to the Heat lineup will likely not be enough to slow down Sacramento.