The Kings outlast the Clippers in 2OT to win a THRILLER, 176-175 😱
Game of the year?? https://t.co/Q2ejExq6Iv – @NBA (twitter)
On Friday night, the Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in their historical double overtime game, narrowly winning the match by 176-175 points. The game is the second time in NBA history that both teams scored over 170 points in overtime.
After a lengthy match, point guard De’Aaron Fox gave the Kings their final point with a go-ahead basket. The two teams traded points continuously throughout the game, neither taking a break from scoring on the court.
Their combined numbers add up to 351 points, only outmatched by the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets’ combined 370 points in 1983. The Pistons and the Nuggets’ went into triple overtime, scoring 186-184 by the end of the match.
“From a fan’s standpoint, I can see how this game would have been a lot of fun to watch,” Sacramento’s coach, Mike Brown, said about Friday’s game. “There was unbelievable shot-making and great defense. There was high-level talent that was on display.”
While the Kings took the final win, in the end, the team fought hard to get that edge. The Kings climbed out of a tense but losing game, having lost 14 points late into the fourth quarter and needing six points in overtime to win.
Four minutes before the game’s end, the Clippers led the match by 145-131 points. However, the Kings’ guard Malik Monk took the reins just before the game concluded, forcing overtime with a three-pointer that leveled the playing field for both sides.
The Clippers had a 175-169 lead less than two minutes before the game’s end until the Kings’ scored their last seven points from the field. Forward Nicolas Batum aimed for a final shot seconds before the buzzer but missed his three-pointer just as time ran out.
Monk led the score for the Kings with his career-high 45 points, and Fox followed along with 42 points. Los Angeles’ forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Paul George led by 44 and 34 points for the team.
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