The Sacramento Kings returned to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. The good news is that the Kings win its first playoff game against the Golden State Warriors. Also, De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 38 points, three steals, and five assists.
Game 1 lived up to the hype as fans waited for a playoff game since 2006. According to an NBA betting guide, the inexperienced Sacramento kept the game close, heading to the game’s final moments. On the other hand, Golden State won four NBA titles in the last eight seasons.
Stephen Curry scored a three-pointer to give the Warriors 114-112 with four minutes left. However, Sacramento scored seven straight points, starting with a three-pointer from Fox. According to bookie pay per head reports, Fox led the NBA in the clutch points in the regular season.
Kings Win Its First Playoff Game Since 2006
The Warriors did not give up, and with a minute left, Curry made a layup to bring the score within two. In his first game in over two months, Andrew Wiggins had a chance to take the lead with a corner three, but he missed the shot.
With 2.9 seconds remaining, Malik Monk scored two free throws to cut the deficit to 126-123. The Kings beat San Antonio in the playoffs for the first time since April 30, 2006, when Curry missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
As customary after a King’s victory, Fox properly fired the beam, further energizing the rowdy crowd. According to sports news reports, Game 2 will be on Monday.