A Game 4 thriller turned into a backcourt duel in San Francisco on Sunday as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 126-125 win over the Sacramento Kings.
The win saw the Warriors survive a dangerous late error from Stephen Curry as they pulled away from the brink of elimination to bring the series back to Sacramento tied at 2-2.
Curry battled with DeRon Fox throughout the game while leading the Warriors with 32 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter. But the game almost fell apart when Curry called a timeout that Golden State didn’t have.
This was followed by a technical foul and a Fox 3 pointer with 28.1 seconds leading the Kings to cut their deficit to 126-125. A defensive stop on Golden State’s next possession saw them win the game with a 3-1 series lead at stake. But Harrison Barnes’ three-pointer in the last second of the game was off the mark, and the Warriors escaped with the win.
Fox scored 12 of his 38 points in the final quarter to help cut a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to 1. He had the ball in his hands to start the final possession, but a double team from Curry and Draymond Green forced him to pass Barnes on the final shot. Barnes was open after Green grounded him, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim when the final buzzer sounded.
The Warriors got away late on Steve’s mistake
The late stop fended off a potential collapse after the Warriors took a five-point lead with possession in the last 45 seconds of the game. But Curry called a timeout. The Warriors didn’t have 42.1 seconds remaining as he drove Golden State into the frontcourt.
The offense resulted in a technical foul that put Malik Monk on the goal line for a free throw to cut Golden State’s lead to 126-122.
It also gave Sacramento possession of the ball. After a missed Barnes jump and offensive rebound, Fox had the Warriors drive a deep 3 on Green’s outstretched hand. The shot cut Golden State’s lead to 1, but the Kings never regained the lead.
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