Kings come up clutch, knock off Nets in OT to end five-game losing streak
Back in the win column
SACRAMENTO -- Overtime. Two teams at the bottom of the standings faced off Thursday night at Golden 1 Center and played to a draw through 48 minutes of action.
Looking to snap a five-game losing, the Sacramento Kings turned to their rookie backcourt of Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Aaron Fox down the stretch through overtime.
Despite some big shots from the Brooklyn Nets, the duo found a way to push the Kings over the top for a 116-111 victory, giving Sacramento their 19th win of the season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Fox and Bogdanovic came to play. Fox hit the shot to put in overtime and then went into attack mode in the extra session. He finished the night with 21 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Bogdanovic was huge from the fourth quarter on, dropping in 14 of his 23 points after the first three quarters for Sacramento.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
The combination of Kosta Koufos and Garrett Temple quietly steadied the ship. With the game spinning out of control, the duo did the little things to help the Kings overcome a deficit in the fourth. Koufos finished the night with six points, 11 rebounds and four assists while posting a +17 in the box. Temple added nine points, three steals and three assists and also ran a +14 on the night. Veterans doing veteran things.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Willie Cauley-Stein and Jarrett Allen went at each other all night long. Cauley-Stein stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but he struggled with his pick-and-roll defense. Allen put on a dunking exposition, finishing the evening with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Spencer Dinwiddie hit a pair of free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining in the fourth to give the Nets a two-point lead. But Fox hit a runner on the baseline as time expired to push the game to OT.
In the extra frame, it was Fox and Bogdanovic who continued to shine for Sacramento as the Kings figured out a way to sneak out a win.
Zach Randolph and Vince Carter sat out as healthy scratches. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games due to plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings continue their five-game homestand with back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday against the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks. They’ll play the Pelicans and Magic before heading out on the road to face the Nuggets on March 11.