Heat Give Kings Royal Treatment

The Heat dismantled the young Sacramento Kings 122-103 in a game with very little drama Friday night at the AAA. The Kings, who feature young upstart DeMarcus Cousins, have been revamping their roster of late with their most recent addition of Rudy Gay. Despite their efforts and draft picks, including Ben McLemore, the Kings were in disarray on defense surrendering 70 points in the paint to the Heat.

Yes, 70 points.

The most impressive 2 of those might have been Lebron James photo-bulb-popping wonder on rookie Ben McLemore, as shown here:

600-james-131220It just might be Lebron’s best dunk of the year – so far. Surely McLemore won’t forget it and will be reminded of it quite frequently.

But Lebron was not the only one supplying highlights. Ray Allen had two dunks in the game. Dwyane Wade and Coach Erik Spoelstra joked about how the lane just seemed to part for the 38 year old. “…he still can dunk. He dunks in practice…” Spoelstra quipped.

Chris Bosh also was going toe-to-toe with the young Cousins, scoring nearly a point per minute of play but finishing the night with a robust 25 points in only 26 minutes. A positive sign for the Heat as they boosted their 20th win of the season before heading out on a holiday road trip with stops in Atlanta and a Christmas Day matchup in LA with the Kobe-less Lakers.

Spoelstra was also encouraged by the re-emergence of Shane Battier’s jumper who had been in a slump of late, hitting on 3 of 7 from downtown. “I won’t have to go home and flog myself”, Battier noted. No Opus Dei references, please. Spoelstra did note that he is not worried about Battier’s shooting but does want to see him pop off about 7 a game.