The Sacramento Kings win their first playoff game in seventeen years winning Game 1 126-123 behind D’Aaron Fox’s 38 points… while Steve Curry misses a par three.
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The Sacramento Kings won their first playoff game since 2006 in a thrilling showdown against the NBA champion Warriors.
Dearon Fox scored 38 points in his long-awaited playoff debut as the Sacramento Kings celebrated their return to the post-season drought after a 17-year record drought by defeating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 126-123 on Saturday night.
It was the first playoff meeting between the Northern California neighbors to live up to the hype and captivate the boisterous crowd that had been waiting for a playoff since 2006.
The inexperienced Kings finished strong against a Warriors team that had won four titles in the previous eight seasons.
After Stephen Curry hit a three-pointer to give Golden State a 114-112 lead with about four minutes left, the Kings responded with seven straight three-pointers from Fox, who led the league in clutch points in the regular season.
The Sacramento Kings won their first playoff game since 2006 in a thrilling showdown Saturday
In his first playoff game, De’Aaron Fox dropped 38 points – before lighting up the beam after the game
The Warriors didn’t go far and cut the deficit to one on a layup by Curry in the final minute. But Andrew Wiggins missed a three corner kick to take the lead in the dying seconds of his first game in over two months.
Malik Monk made two free throws to make it 126-123 with 2.9 seconds left. Curry missed a three-run runner at the buzzer, giving the Kings their first playoff win since April 30, 2006, against San Antonio.
Rightly so, Fox lit the beam—a tradition after a Kings victory—further igniting the boisterous crowd.
At Curry and Co. The opportunity to string in one at a time, when Game 2 begins Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
In his first game since February 13th, Andrew Wiggins had three goals wide open to put GS ahead
Steve Curry had a chance to send the pulsating game into overtime, but he couldn’t hit