Cardiac Kings win at the buzzer against Loss Angeles, fan reactions

Sacramento Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Sacramento Kings Cardiac Kings have done it again, coming back from a 15-deficit to beat the Loss Los Angeles Lakers at the buzzer, 117-116.

That. Was. Incredible. The Sacramento Kings, despite trailing 104-89 with 6:30 remaining in the game, came back to beat the Los Angeles Lakers at the buzzer in one of the most exciting finishes on the season for the Kings.

Things ended how they started, fantastic, but it’s everything in between that was an issue for the Kings in this one. Despite opening the game to a 20-9 lead, the Kings trailed 34-32 at the half and couldn’t get any stops defensively or make their own shots.

The Sacramento Kings, for what it’s worth, actually took a 49-47 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Lakers went on an offensive tear and took a 67-61 lead going into halftime. The Kings were lucky that nearly everyone else was getting buckets though, because both De’Aaron Fox (3-12) and Buddy Hield (2-5) couldn’t get anything going in the first half.

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The third quarter started out well for Sacramento, before they allowed the Lakers to build up an 11-point lead heading into the fourth. If you checked out before the end of the game, nobody would blame you as this was an absolute snooze-fest until midway through the fourth.

From the 6:30 mark on, the Sacramento Kings went on a 28-14 run to close the game, culminating with a Bogdan Bogdanovic game-winning three at the buzzer to give the Kings an incredible and improbable victory over Loss Ang—sorry Los Angeles.

Player of the Game – Bogdan Bogdanovic

Stat Line: 23 points, two rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal on 9-16 FGs (3-7 3PT, 2-3 FT). Plus/Minus — 0 

The Sacramento Kings bench wasn’t great in this one, but having Bogdan Bogdanovic available to come in and get the offense going is an incredible luxury for the Kings and it showed tonight.

In 30 minutes of play, Bogi outscored all his bench-mates combined (23 points to 18 points) and had the most important play of the game—the winning one.

Aside from that though, Bogi did a little of everything tonight and led the Kings in scoring as well with the second-most FGA and most FGM.

Play of the Game – Bogi’s Game Winner

Do yourself a favor, find a place where you can scream at the top of your lungs in celebration and watch this video at full-volume. You won’t regret it.

Notable Stat Lines

De’Aaron Fox fell just short of his second career triple-double, going for 15 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists on 6-20 shooting. The shooting numbers aren’t great, but Fox was also able to snag two steals and finish as a +12 in a one-point win.

Iman Shumpert had himself a game tonight, going for 18 points, six rebounds and three assists on 6-12 shooting in 37 minutes (team-high) of play. He also added in a block and four (!) steals and was a +7. When Shumpert is playing well, the Kings are hard to beat, even though Sacramento was torched on the wing all night.

Nemanja Bjelica’s name might as well be ole-reliable because that’s just what he is. In just 28 minutes, he compiled an identical stat line to Iman, albeit on one-less shot, but was a big factor in keeping things close in the first half with his scoring.

Fan Reaction

Sacramento Kings fans are still going crazy on twitter after tonight’s win and will likely keep it going through the week. Enjoy.

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