With two tenths of a second left, Klay Thompson made a contested jumper from just inside the free-throw line to give the Golden State Warriors a 102-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday in San Francisco.
In preseason games versus Sacramento, Golden State has improved to 2-0. These games are rematches of the Warriors’ seven-game victory in the first round of the playoffs last season.
With 15.8 seconds left, Domantas Sabonis made a 20-footer from just above the foul line to put Sacramento ahead 101-100. The Warriors moved the ball forward without a timeout but were unable to release their top scorer, Stephen Curry, who had 21 points.
Rather, Thompson received the ball, and with no other options and a limited amount of time, the seasoned player managed to come near enough to make the game-winning shot.
With just two tenths of a second remaining, the Kings tried to move the ball with a timeout but were unsuccessful on an alley-oop inbounds pass, resulting in their second defeat to their rivals in Northern California in as many days.
The Warriors overcame a 48-36 rebounding deficit and 18 turnovers, three more than the Kings, to win for the fourth time in a row following an opening home loss to the Phoenix Suns.
For the Warriors, Dario Saric contributed 15 points, while Andrew Wiggins and Tristan Thompson each had 14, Draymond Green had 13 points and a game-high nine assists, and Jonathan Kuminga had 12.
Due to an ankle injury, Green missed Golden State’s 122-114 victory over Sacramento on Friday. In his 28 minutes, he also recorded two steals and two blocks.
With nine rebounds, Kevon Looney led the Warriors along with his six points and six assists.
With game-high totals of 23 points and 11 rebounds, including three offensive rebounds, Sabonis led Sacramento. Despite shooting just 40.9 percent, the Kings were able to stay in the game thanks to 14 offensive rebounds.
In addition, Sabonis managed to record a team-high eight assists.
The Kings, who have split their first four games of the season between victories and defeats, had Malik Monk with 16 points, Harrison Barnes with 14, Davion Mitchell with 13 and Kevin Huerter with 11. Keegan Murray finished with 10 points.