The score in the playoffs series on Warriors vs. Kings is now 2-2. The next game is in Sacramento on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In game 4 of the NBA playoffs, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 126-125 to tie the series at two games each.
Evening the playoff series at two games in total, the Warriors won 126-125 on Sunday when Harrison Barnes missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Stephen Curry scored 32 points, but he handed Sacramento a late opportunity when he called a timeout Golden State didn’t have.
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— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 23, 2023
De’Aaron Fox scored 38 points for the Kings, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out five assists. He made a 3-pointer with 28.7 seconds remaining that brought the Kings within a point, and then, after Steph Curry missed a shot from 16 feet out, Keegan Murray grabbed the offensive rebound. Fox passed to former Warrior Barnes, who attempted a game-winning 3-pointer against Curry and Draymond Green but missed.
With 42.4 seconds remaining, Golden State was up 126-121 when Curry called timeout for excessive use. Sacramento’s Malik Monk hit the next technical free throw.
Klay Thompson scored 26 points for the Warriors, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer of the third quarter and another with 3:24 remaining.
Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento is Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.
After Going Back and Forth With Fox All Day, Curry Finally Broke Through
Stephen Curry with a three-pointer at the 4:10 mark to put the Warriors up 121-117. He ended the game 11 for 22 from deep.
Within 14 seconds of Monk’s layup bringing the Kings within 107-106 with 9:03 remaining, Curry scored on a driving layup and a 3-pointer.
After missing Thursday’s Game 2 due to suspension, Green returned to the Warriors lineup for the decisive victory. Coach Steve Kerr kept Jordan Poole in the starting five on Sunday due to the team’s recent success with him there.
Green dished behind his back for a Curry 3-pointer in the middle of the fourth quarter and blocked a shot by Domantas Sabonis with 1:37 remaining.
Green, suspended for stomping on Sabonis’ chest in the fourth quarter of Game 2, checked in with 6:38 left in the first quarter to a standing ovation and finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Double technicals were called for both him and Fox at the 5:43 mark of the opening frame.
The Sacramento Kings Is So Close to Win Against Warriors
Sabonis contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, and he returns home eager to help the Kings advance in the playoffs for the first time since eliminating Dallas in the first round in 2004.
Kevon Looney grabbed 14 rebounds and added 8 points and 6 assists to his stat line, while Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
After Thompson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer of the third quarter pushed the Warriors’ lead to 102-92, Murray’s 3-pointer with 10:43 remaining cut the deficit to 102-99 for the Kings. Despite playing under the bright lights of a matinee, Coach Mike Brown’s instruction for his young star to “let it fly” paid off as Murray scored 23 points.
Kerr credited Thompson’s driving and dishing for helping to open the floor in Game 3, and Thompson did just that by penetrating and finding Moses Moody for a baseline 3 at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors could move the ball quickly and get good opportunities because of their crisp passing.
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