The Miami Heat took a 19-game winning streak against the Western Conference into Sacramento on Friday night.
The Heat lost that, and they may have lost their star.
An early 17-point Miami lead was erased, and the Heat were upset by a motivated Sacramento Kings squad in overtime. The 108-103 victory for the Kings prevented Miami from tying the all-time record of 20 consecutive wins over the Western Conference. That mark is held by the Boston Celtics, who accomplished the feat 40 years ago.
With Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen sitting the game out, James shouldered the offensive load. LeBron poured in 19 first-half points -- including a signature showtime dunk -- as Miami established a 10-point lead going into halftime.
But Sacramento tightened the defense late, as Rudy Gay helped keep James out of the key. James was held to just three points in the third and fourth quarters, and the Kings stormed back to force overtime. LeBron drilled three triples in the extra frame, but it wasn't enough to stave off defeat.
More importantly for Miami, James limped off the court, saying later he injured his right groin. The Heat play again Saturday in Portland, and it's unknown whether James will take the court against one of the league's best teams.
See James' night in pictures by viewing the slideshow.