In one of the most entertaining games of the NBA season, the Sacramento Kings were able to pull out a narrow win in overtime against the Brooklyn Nets. De’Aaron Fox came up huge in the clutch, hitting a buzzer-beater as time expired to send the game to overtime, while Buddy Hield iced the game by hitting a pair of free-throws with under 20 seconds remaining.
In a game of runs, no team truly felt like they were safely ahead at any point. The Nets started out with a 10-4 run in the first quarter before the Kings went on an 8-0 run themselves. Willie-Cauley-Stein led Sacramento with 12 points after one, even though they trailed 31-22.
The Kings promptly busted out a 17-7 run to eventually grab a 45-38 lead early in the second period. Fox’s nine second-quarter points helped push the Kings to a 53-51 lead at the half. Brooklyn, however, owned the third quarter, outscoring Sacramento 28-20. After taking a 67-64 lead, the Nets quickly jumped to a 79-73 lead at the end of three.
The runs, fortunately for Kings fans, did not stop after three. An 8-0 run to open the fourth gave the Kings an 81-79 lead midway through the quarter. After running the lead up to 92-85, the Nets went on a 10-2 run, leading 95-94. A Buddy Hield three gave Sacramento a 97-95 lead with 1:45 left, but the excitement was only beginning.
Spencer Dinwiddie hit two free-throws with 6.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but as we all know, the game is not over unless De’Aaron Fox says it is. A baseline floater from Fox at the buzzer sent the game to extra time where the fun continued.
Bogdan Bogdanovic gave Sacramento a 112-111 lead with 55 seconds left before poor clock management by the Nets resulted in Buddy Hield at the line with under 20 seconds to go. The free throws gave the Kings a 114-111 lead they would not give up, closing out a 116-111 win in a thriller.
The Kings’ core of Bogdanovic, Cauley-Stein, Fox, and Hield combined for 77 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists which is what gave the Kings the edge here.