Sacramento, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Mario Chalmers tallied a career-best 34 points, including 10 three-pointers, as the Miami Heat ended a two-game slump with a 128-99 blowout of the Sacramento Kings Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.
Chalmers sank a career-high 10 of 13 attempts from beyond the arc to tie Brian Shaw’s franchise mark for most threes made and broke the Sleep Train Arena’s record of nine threes.
He was just two short of the NBA record of 12 three-pointers shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
“I had asked Spo to put me back in. I knew what the record was and I just wanted to go in there and try and beat the record,” said Chalmers, who shot 12-for-16 overall.
“Rio (Chalmers) had it going man and we kept finding him,” said LeBron James, who tallied 20 points, seven dimes and five steals while Chris Bosh added 16 for the Heat, who improved to 24-11.
Mike Miller scored 12 off the bench and Dwyane Wade had 11 for Miami, which shot 46 percent (17-for-37) from behind the arc and 56 percent overall in the convincing win.
Isaiah Thomas matched Chalmers’ output, scoring a career-best 34 points on 13-for-22 shooting for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight game and slid to 13-24.
DeMarcus Cousins added 11 points and eight rebounds while rookie Thomas Robinson finished with 10 points and 10 caroms for Sacramento.
The Kings sorely missed Tyreke Evans’ offensive presence. In 26 minutes of action, Evans finished with just eight points on 2-for-9 shooting.
The Kings never played defense on Chalmers in the first half and they paid dearly for it.
Chalmers scored 13 first-quarter points early in the first period, including three three-pointers, to give the Heat a 17-6 advantage.
In the second period, Chalmers buried three consecutive triples and Wade added a jumper to put the Heat ahead by 66-44 at the break.