For the second straight game against the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors rallied late to tie in regulation and won the game going away in overtime.
On Dec. 21, it was Vladimir Radmanovic hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime for the Warriors, who defeated the Kings 117-109. On Friday night, it was Monta Ellis hitting a game tying jumper with 0.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the Warriors beat the Kings 119-112 in overtime.
The shot was reminiscent of the game winning shot Ellis made against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Ellis took the inbound pass, held the ball before starting his drive to the right with six seconds on the clock, crossed over dribble to the left and hitting the jumper from the free throw line.
The shot was all or nothing for the Warriors. “I asked him (Warriors Coach Keith Smart) if he wanted me to shoot it earlier. I wasn’t (having) a good shooting day,” Ellis said, “He told me to do me. So I just took it down and took the last shot.”
The mood was dampened when Ellis got hurt late in overtime as he was fighting for a loose ball with Kings forward Donte Greene. Ellis rolled his ankle after Greene fell on it and had to be carried off the court. The injury has so far been diagnosed as a sprained left ankle.
“It’s a little sore right now. We’re going to see how it’s in the morning and go from there,” Ellis said of his ankle.
On the injury to Ellis and his status for Saturday’s back to back game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Smart said, “Well you’re coming down where you got the ball in your hand and space out and a little thing where you roll up an ankle here and there. But you know that’s just the way breaks go sometimes and hopefully it’s not serious and we get him back – may not be tomorrow night but we’ll see. If not we’ll get him ready for our next game.”
Both teams failed to blow this game open in the fourth quarter. Warriors led 82-74 entering the fourth quarter, but the Kings went on a 25-8 run to turn the deficit into a nine point lead with 3:03 remaining. Warriors got two big 3-pointers from Stephen Curry, a dunk by Dorell Wright and a free throw by David Lee tied the game at 99.
Kings would get a jumper from Tyreke Evans and a free throw from both DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson to lead by four with 31.2 seconds left. A 3-pointer by Ellis cut the lead to one. Pooh Jeter hit one of two free throws for the Kings to set up the game tying shot from Ellis.
In overtime, it was all Warriors. The Warriors started on a 10-0 run. The Kings did not score until a pull up jumper by Evans with 57.8 seconds left. Free throws by Dorell Wright and Curry finished the scoring for the Warriors. Layups from Evans and Pooh Jeter finished the scoring for the Kings.
Curry led the Warriors with 34 points, with 28 coming after half time. Ellis had 28 points and nine assists. Both Dorell Wright and David Lee finished with a double-double.
“We were in trouble from the beginning of the game. We had a lot of conversations the other day, guys had their heads somewhere,” Smart said of the win, “We had to get them regrouped and get them focused and get ready to play and they did that. It was a quality win.”
The Kings were led by Tyreke Evans with 35 points. Cousins had 21 points. Thompson had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
After coming into the game leading the league in 3-pointers, the Warriors were 4-18 and did not hit a three until Curry hit one with 3:14 left in the third quarter.
The Kings went to the free throw line 37 times, compared to 20 for the Warriors. However, the Kings shot only 67%, while the Warriors shot 85%.
This was the last game for Warriors head athletic trainer Tom Abdenour. Abdenour, who has been with the team for 24 years, will be the head athletic trainer at San Diego State.
The Warriors have won four in a row.
Next up for the Warriors: Road at Los Angeles Clippers (16-26) Saturday 1/22 7:30 p.m.