The Kings beat the champion

That everyone is positioned in one direction does not mean that they are leaning on the side of truth. Opining on something is still subjective no matter how many arguments you have in your favor and it is always better to be prudent than to lean completely and utterly towards a certain current of favoritism. This is what happened in the first game of the first round series between the Kings and Warriors: the Sacramento team won spectacularly in their return to the playoffs when everyone gave (and gives) their rivals as great favorites for the series. It was a titanic, fantastic, spectacular fight. And an unequivocal victory, calmer than what the scoreboard reflects and with enormous emotional weight for a city that had a tremendous desire to experience a night like this.

It’s been 16 years of waiting for the Kings. And they have come to an end: the Golden 1 Center, the franchise track, was dyed white for a moment that entire generations of fans have been waiting to experience. They had not reached the playoffs since 2006, the year in which they would also get their last victory in the final phase. It was on April 30, 2006, against the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. The team then led by Rick Adelman tied at 2 in a series that they began losing 2-0 but to which they managed to add excitement thanks to his fans, from Sacramento, who understand and know about basketball. The Kings ended up falling in the next two games in what was the end of an era, something that was not yet known. And tonight, more than 16 years later, they have won a playoff game again. A whole era.

De’Aaron Fox’s 38 points were the highlight of a duel decided at the end, but in a controlled manner, by the momentum of the Kings. The tie at 111 that was more than 4 minutes from the end was turning into local advantage: with less than 3 minutes, Mike Brown’s team had already taken a bite (119-114) and with less than 30 seconds the advantage was maintained (1223-118), variable but sustained. A mistake in Fox’s staff with Curry’s subsequent success allowed the Warriors to adjust the match to the maximum (124-123), but the returned Andrew Wiggins did not hit the triple and, after new Fox shots from the staff (this time correctly), Curry did the same as his partner when he tried to force overtime. The ruling allowed the victory. The first of the Kings. 16 years later.

Everyone, as we have already said, favors the Warriors. But the series must be won and, as much as the dynasty is hardened in a thousand battles, they have stayed at 44 victories in the regular season and now they have to row against the current. A hypothetical 2-0 would be too much and winning the next game becomes almost a necessity. Curry scored 30 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, Klay Hompson went to 21 points and Draymond Green to 4, with 9 rebounds and 11 assists. In addition, Andrew Wiggins came off the bench (for the first time in his career) for 17 goals and 4 blocks. And 17 also scored Jordan Poole. In the Kings, in addition to the 38 of a great Fox, 12 (with 16 rebounds) by Domantas Sabonis and 32 from the bench by an extraordinary Malik Monk, who went 14 of 14 from free throws. Historic win for the Kings. And 1-0 against the champion. Be careful with that.

Statistics

40

Harrison Barnes
25

Alex Len
22

Richaun Holmes
41

trey lyles
10

Domantas Sabonis
5

De’Aaron Fox
0

Malik Monk
35

PJ Dozier
9

kevin huerter
7

Chimezie Metu
3

Terence Davis
fifteen

David Mitchell
88

Neemias Queta
17

Kessler Edwards
13

keegan murray
23

Keon Ellis

Statistics

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40

Harrison Barnes
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25

Alex Len
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Richaun Holmes
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trey lyles
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Domantas Sabonis
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De’Aaron Fox
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Malik Monk
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PJ Dozier
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Terence Davis
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David Mitchell
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Neemias Queta
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Kessler Edwards
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keegan murray
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Keon Ellis
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Statistics

23

Draymond Green
30

Stephen Curry
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klay thompson
1

JaMychal Green
22

Andrew Wiggins
5

kevon looney
8

Gary Payton II
0

Donte DiVincenzo
3

Jordan Poole
10

Ty Jerome
40

Anthony Lamb
4

Moses Moody
0

Jonathan Kuminga
7

Patrick Baldwin Jr.
25

lester quinones

Statistics

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23

Draymond Green
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30

Stephen Curry
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klay thompson
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JaMychal Green
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Andrew Wiggins
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kevon looney
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Gary Payton II
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Donte DiVincenzo
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Jordan Poole
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Ty Jerome
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Anthony Lamb
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Moses Moody
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Jonathan Kuminga
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Patrick Baldwin Jr.
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lester quinones
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