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Sacramento Kings survive 134-133 nail-biting win vs Golden State Warriors

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THRILLING WIN. The Sacramento Kings escape past the Golden State Warriors in a 134-133 thrilling victory Thursday night (Friday morning, January 26, in the Philippines). SACRAMENTO KINGS PHOTO

The Sacramento Kings emerged victorious against the Golden State Warriors in a nail-biting contest that showcased the brilliance of Harrison Barnes and the Kings’ resilience. The Kings secured a 134-133 win, splitting the season series at two games each.
Barnes, the Kings’ go-to player on this particular night, had a career-high performance with an impressive 39 points.
His back-to-back baskets in the crunch time proved pivotal, and his defensive efforts, including a crucial block against Jonathan Kuminga in the closing moments, showcased his all-around impact.
The game reached its climax with 22 seconds left when Domantas Sabonis threw down a go-ahead dunk, putting the Kings ahead.
The Warriors, led by the dynamic Stephen Curry, fought back as he connected with Kuminga for an alley-oop that brought Golden State within one point.
Kuminga then grabbed an offensive rebound and threw down another dunk to give the Warriors the lead.
However, Barnes, showing poise and confidence, responded with critical plays on both ends of the floor. After Sabonis’ go-ahead dunk, Barnes blocked Kuminga’s attempt with 18 seconds remaining, denying the Warriors a chance to extend their lead.
Sacramento’s Kevin Huerter missed two free throws with 15 seconds left, offering the Warriors a final opportunity.
In the chaotic final seconds, Curry, known for his clutch performances, attempted to create a game-winning play.
However, he lost possession of the ball, reminiscent of the Warriors’ previous loss on November 28 when he also turned the ball over late in a 124-123 defeat.
Reflecting on the chaotic sequence, Curry acknowledged the challenges of the moment. He admitted that when trying to make a play, sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.
For the Kings, De’Aaron Fox contributed 29 points and five assists, complementing Barnes’ stellar performance.
The Kings, coming off a win against Atlanta to end a four-game losing streak, showcased their offensive firepower against a Warriors team that had celebrated the life of assistant coach Dejan Milojević just the night before.
The emotional intensity of the back-and-forth battle between these two rivals was palpable. Kuminga, continuing his impressive run with a career-high 31 points, added another layer of excitement to the contest. The game echoed the intensity of their first-round playoff series last spring, further solidifying the rivalry between the two teams.
In a poignant tribute to Milojević, Kings coach Mike Brown wore a black “BRATE” shirt, the Serbian word for brother, symbolizing the close bond shared by the coaching staff and players with their late assistant coach.
The win marked a significant moment for the Kings, showcasing their ability to compete at the highest level and stand tall against a formidable opponent.

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