SACRAMENTO -- Skal Labissiere hit a 28-foot 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining to give Sacramento a lead and send the Golden 1 Center crowd into a frenzy. And then something strange happened.
Following the shot, official Kane Fitzgerald called a technical foul on 17-year NBA veteran Zach Randolph for running on the floor in celebration. The replay clearly shows Randolph entering from out of bounds to greet Labissiere after the triple.
“I just saw Z-Bo running on the court,” Labissiere said with a laugh following the game. “I appreciate that. I told him he’s too old to be doing stuff like that. He’s been in the league too long. You know, it’s all love. That’s a brother of mine, so I appreciate that.”
With the Kings leading by just three points, Courtney Lee stepped to the line for the Knicks and bricked the free throw. On the ensuing play, New York was forced to inbounds the ball from the far end of the court.
Trey Burke missed a 49-footer at the buzzer that could have tied the game and the Kings escaped with the 102-99 victory.
Randolph sat out the game as a healthy scratch, but he was present and in uniform to cheer on his teammates. Hopefully that’s the last time the 36-year-old big makes a rookie mistake.
Steph Curry turns 30 years old on Wednesday, but with the Warriors playing the Lakers, his friends and family decided to hold the party for him on Monday night.
Most of Curry's Warriors teammates attended the bash. Things must have gone late into the night because the team cancelled the planned practice for 11am on Tuesday.
Special guests included E-40, Paramore and Lecrae. Curry himself took a turn on the mic and belted out a few bars.
Based on the videos from the party, it appears Curry may have gotten a small yacht for a present.
Don't feel bad that you weren't invited. There were enough videos posted on Instagram Stories by Steph, his wife Ayesha, his sister Sydel, his brother Seth and E-40, among others. Check out some of the best here:
Programming note: In the lead up to Stephen Curry's 30th birthday on March 14th, we will be unveiling the top plays of his historic career. Check back Wednesday for the No. 1.
Curry No. 2: Epic 35-foot game-winner in OT vs Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016
The Warriors are locked in an epic battle against an Oklahoma City team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and it looks bad when Curry leaves in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.
He not only returns but also conquers, scoring 46 points, including 12 3-pointers, punctuated by pulling up from 35 feet to sink the game-winner in OT. It is the biggest shot of the regular season.
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