MIAMI - Tuesday night's game was fun to watch. The Kings felt good about themselves, even though it ended in a 141-129 loss to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
Here's a look at some of the reasons why the Kings were close, but also why they lost to the Heat.
The bench - The Heat appeared on the verge of blowing the game open after rallying to take the lead after the first quarter. Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 36 points in the second quarter. Aaron Brooks hadn't played in the pr3evious games but played 10 minutes in the second quarter. Chuck Hayes played nine minutes in the second, too.
The Kings managed to outscore the Heat 31-24 in the quarter.
Ball movement - The Kings has a season-high 33 assists.
"We definitely moved the ball," said John Salmons. "That's the best we moved the ball in a while. As a result guys got hot and guys start hitting shots because we were moving the ball and making them scramble...hopefully we realize we can do that all the time."
Timely defense - Tyreke Evans was disciplined defensively defending Dwyane Wade on the Heat's final possession of regulation.
Salmons came up with a timely blocked shot on LeBron James late in the second overtime.
"There might have been some contact but we got a stop," Salmons said.
Shooting - The Kings shot 51.6 percent, including 51.9 percent on three pointers (14 of 27). It was an unusually good shooting night.
Turnovers - The Kings allowed 26 points off 19 turnovers. The Kings gave up 16 points off turnovers in the second half.
Overall defense - The Heat shot 55.4 percent with James (40 points) and Wade (39 points) each had season highs. James' 16 assists were a career high.
The Heat's two highest scoring games of the season have come against the Kings.
The Kings are allowing opponents to shoot 53.2 percent in the first three games of the road trip. The Kings are giving up 124.3 points per game to start the trip.