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Kings stun the Heat in Overtime, win 108 to 103

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The Kings stormed back from a 17 point deficit by tightening up their defense and getting huge games from Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Final - 12.27.2013 1 2 3 4 OT 1 Total
Miami Heat 32 23 18 16 14 103
Sacramento Kings 19 26 29 15 19 108

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The Sacramento Kings got an extremely unlikely victory in their last home game of 2013, beating the Miami Heat 108 to 103 in overtime.  Miami was shorthanded, playing without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen or Chris Andersen, but this was still an impressive victory for a Kings team that had been struggling of late.

Sacramento found themselves trailing by as many as 17 points early in the game in what looked like just another blowout loss.  Instead, the Kings tightened the screws big time on defense and held Miami to increasingly lower point totals in each quarter.

LeBron James was nearly unstoppable for Miami early, but the Kings did hold him to just 5 points in the second half of regulation.  LeBron finished with 33 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds for a near triple-double.

Sacramento got a huge performance from DeMarcus Cousins, who tallied 27 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.  He kept his cool after earning one technical foul and he also managed to not pick up his sixth foul in overtime.

Rudy Gay was instrumental in carrying the Kings back into the game.  He started off missing most of his shots, but finished with 26 points on 11-19 shooting.  He hit the shot that tied the game to end regulation, and also played solid defense on LeBron James down the stretch.

Isaiah Thomas was fantastic throughout the game, scoring 22 points to go with 11 assists and 7 rebounds.

The Kings will next head to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Sunday.

We'll have a full recap of the game tomorrow. For the Heat perspective, visit Hot Hot Hoops