On Monday night, the Sacramento Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-106 in a tense playoff game, establishing a 2-0 series lead. The game included a contentious dismissal of Draymond Green as well as excellent performances by De’Aaron Fox and the Kings’ bench.
Fox leads Kings to victory with 24 points and clutch shots
De’Aaron Fox was the hero for the Sacramento Kings, scoring 24 points, dishing out nine assists, grabbing five rebounds, and making four steals. Fox scored two pull-up jumpers down the stretch to put the Warriors at bay and buried a critical three-pointer with just over two minutes left in the game to give the Kings a six-point advantage.
In Game 2, the Kings started slowly, with the Warriors outscoring them 23-17 in the opening quarter. However, the Kings surged in the second quarter, scoring 41 points and leading 58-52 at the break. They never gave up the lead, riding the spirit of the crowd to victory.
The Warriors rallied and tied the game at 93 in the fourth quarter, but the Kings answered with clutch shots from Fox and Davion Mitchell. Mitchell’s three-pointer with less than a minute remaining gave the Kings a nine-point advantage and clinched the victory.
Green’s ejection sparks controversy and potential suspension
Draymond Green was dismissed for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter after stomping on Domantas Sabonis’ chest. The referees examined the play, and Green remained on the court for a few minutes before leaving, egging on the Sacramento crowd. The NBA will now review the incident and decide whether Green will face a possible suspension.
Malik Monk scored 18 points and provided a spark off the bench for the Kings, helping them to victory. The Warriors, on the other hand, struggled to get out to a good start offensively, committing 22 turnovers and shooting only 3 of 13 from three-point range.
The Kings’ victory gives them a 2-0 series lead, making them the first team in Stephen Curry’s career to do it. The Warriors will try to get back into the series when Game 3 is played in San Francisco on Thursday night.
This game validated the King’s statement victory, showing that they are not afraid of the defending NBA champions and are capable of winning playoff games. The Kings’ enthusiasm and passion, as well as Fox’s clutch shots, will give them confidence as they go to San Francisco for Game 3.