MIAMI — LeBron James had 40 points and a career-high 16 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 39 and the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak to 12 games by outlasting the Sacramento Kings 141-129 in double overtime on Tuesday night.
Ray Allen added 21, Chris Bosh finished with 15 and Chris Andersen had 10 for the Heat, who remained six games clear of second-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings.
Miami’s 12-game winning streak is the longest in the NBA and matches the second-longest in franchise history.
“Our ball club, we don’t get rattled, no matter what’s going on during the course of the game," James said. “If it’s overtime, double-overtime, we find a way to win."
Marcus Thornton scored 36 points for Sacramento, the most by any reserve in the NBA this season. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Tyreke Evans added 26 points, John Salmons 15 and Isaiah Thomas 14 for the Kings.
James became the first NBA player to finish with at least 40 points and 16 assists since Kevin Johnson — now the mayor of Sacramento — had 42 and 17 for Phoenix against Denver on April 3, 1994.
“Even with a double-overtime game, those are video game numbers," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, noting that he told Wade the same after his 19-for-28 shooting effort in 46 minutes.
And for the month, James finished 139 for 217 from the floor — 64.1 percent, by far the best of his career.
Kings coach Keith Smart said before the game that sometimes “great teams get a little bored with the regular season and they need something to get them going."
The Heat didn’t seem to be bored by the second overtime.
After a late non-call that James wanted, he simply seemed mad.
James scored inside to open the second extra session, yelling “and one" at referees as his way of insisting he was fouled as well. But after one sensational sequence, the game was pretty much sealed.
Also on Tuesday:
INDIANAPOLIS — David West had 28 points and seven rebounds, and Indiana overcame the ejection of Roy Hibbert following a fourth-quarter scuffle to beat Golden State.
NEW ORLEANS — Deron Williams scored 33 points, Brook Lopez added 20 while playing against his twin brother, Robin, and Brooklyn snapped a two-game skid.
CHICAGO — Dion Waiters scored 25 points to help make up for the absence of Kyrie Irving, and Cleveland snapped an 11-game losing streak by beating Chicago.
PHILADELPHIA — Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris scored 16 points apiece, and Orlando snapped a 10-game road losing streak.
DALLAS — Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and Milwaukee spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first game in nearly 10 years with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds with a victory over Dallas.
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 24 points, keying a decisive second-quarter burst that put Los Angeles in command, beating Charlotte to improve to 23-6 at home.
PHOENIX — Marcin Gortat hit big shots at the end of regulation and overtime, helping Phoenix end a three-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota.