Instant Replay: Kings pull off wild OT upset over Warriors

Instant Replay: Kings pull off wild OT upset over Warriors


SACRAMENTO -- Overtime. The Sacramento Kings came into Saturday night’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors with a record of 1-4 on the season playing after regulation. They doubled that win total with a shocking 109-106 victory over the best team in basketball. 

DeMarcus Cousins was up to his usual tricks. The All-Star big man dropped 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists on a Warriors frontline that had no answer. His dunk on JaVale McGee to end the half was unkind. 

Darren Collison took a little while to get warm, but the veteran point guard found a way to hit 8-of-13 from the field on his way to 18 points and three assists. His two free throws in the final three seconds of the game sealed the deal for Sacramento.

Dave Joerger is onto something with the Ty Lawson/Willie Cauley-Stein pairing. Lawson didn’t put up gaudy numbers, but he ran the second unit well, finishing with seven points and four assists. 

With Lawson breaking down the defense, Cauley-Stein cut to the rack, scoring 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting while grabbing four rebounds.

Matt Barnes chipped in 11 points, including a huge 3-ball in overtime and added 14 rebounds. Ben McLemore added 10 points in his second straight start, while Anthony Tolliver hit 3-of-3 from long range to finish with 11 points. 

The Splash Brothers put on a show. Steph Curry started the long range aerial assault early and often, dropping in 35 points to lead the Warriors. The two-time reigning NBA MVP hit 8-for-14 from deep and added nine assists in the loss.

Klay Thompson used his size and strength to get in the lane and shoot over the smaller Kings guards. Thompson dropped in 10-for-25 from the field to finish the night with 26 points.

Draymond Green survived a scary moment in the first half where he banged his knee on a drive to the hoop. He returned to the game to score 16 points, grab eight rebounds and hand out six assists.

Durant struggled from the field, but still managed 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting.


Cousins, Curry, Thompson - pick your poison. The stars shined brightly at Golden 1 Center Saturday night in a very entertaining 53 minutes of basketball.


Sacramento jumped out to a quick seven-point lead in the overtime session, but it almost wasn’t enough. Cousins let a rebound roll off his fingers with 6.2 seconds remaining to keep the Warriors alive, but Curry missed a bunny in the lane and Green bricked a 3-ball to tie, allowing the Kings to hold on for the huge win and snap their 13-game losing streak to the W’s.


Garrett Temple is out until after the All-Star break with a torn left hamstring. Omri Casspi missed his 12th straight contest with a right plantaris tendon strain and according to Dave Joerger, he is out until after the All-Star break as well. Rudy Gay is done for the season with a torn left Achilles. 


The Kings return to Golden 1 Center Monday night to take on the Chicago Bulls in game three of their six-game homestand.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.