Kings hang around and shock the Warriors
CALL IT A COMEBACK
Keep fighting, keep competing. That is the mantra down the stretch for the Sacramento Kings. Friday evening against the shorthanded Golden State Warriors, the Kings stuck around late, and then shocked the Champs for a 98-93 win.
Buddy Hield and Skal Labissiere led the way, but rookie De’Aaron Fox came up huge down the stretch as the Kings won their second straight game and improved to 5-4 over their last nine games.
Quinn Cook filled in for the injured Stephen Curry and put up big numbers. Nick Young and Draymond Green kept the Warriors in the game, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the young Kings.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Buddy Buckets came to play. The second-year guard knocked down his first five shots, including four 3-pointers in the first half.
He kept it going the whole game, scoring 22 points, dishing out seven assists and adding seven rebounds.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Skal Labissiere struggled with his shot early, but then he found his range. Coming off the Kings’ bench, the 6-foot-11 power forward dropped in 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including three makes from downtown.
He added five rebounds, three assists and a block in 25 minutes of action.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Who is Quinn Cook? He’s the guy who dropped in 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting in the first half filling in for the injured Steph Curry.
The Warriors' two-way player finished the night with a career-best 25 points, four rebounds, and three steals for the shorthanded Warriors.
The game came all the way down to the wire. In front of a noisy Oracle Arena crowd, Draymond Green tied the game with a huge three-ball in the final minute.
But Buddy Hield hit 3-for-4 from the line in the final 30 seconds and Willie Cauley-Stein capped off the scoring with a breakaway dunk to clinch the win.
Skal Labissiere returned to action after missing with a bruised left hip. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games due to plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season. The Warriors were without All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, as well as reserve Patrick McCaw. Former King Omri Casspi went down in the first half with a right ankle injury for Golden State and did not return.
The Kings boards a plane for Utah following the game where they’ll face the Jazz Saturday evening on the second night of a back-to-back. Sacramento will take Sunday off before returning to Golden 1 Center Monday to host the Pistons.