The defending champion Golden State Warriors are in desperation mode. After falling behind 0-2 to the Sacramento Kings and losing do-it-all star Draymond Green to a one-game suspension for stomping on Domantas Sabonis after getting his foot grabbed, the Warriors need all hands on deck to avoid falling further into the hole against D’Aaron Fox and company. We’ll provide live game and score updates throughout the Game 3 Warriors-Kings clash in a pivotal moment for the first-round series.
After a sluggish start on offense in Game 2, Sacramento caught fire in the second quarter to the tune of 41 points. Behind another strong showing from Malik Monk and bounce-back outings from both Kevin Huerter and Sabonis, the Kings built a lead as large as 14 points in the third.
Of course, Stephen Curry didn’t let that differential last for long. By the 5:32 mark of the fourth quarter, the Warriors managed to even the score at 95 all.
Unfortunately for Golden State, that was just over a minute after the moment that defined the game, and potentially the series.
Draymond Green stomps on Domantas Sabonis.
He was hit with a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. pic.twitter.com/gYWvNO9lHR
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Without Green, the Warriors struggled to defend down the stretch and lost their rhythm on offense. The Kings scored at least a point on seven straight possessions, capped off by a dagger three-pointer by Davion Mitchell to put Sacramento ahead 112-103 with 1:17 to go. Mitchell’s defense on the perimeter through the first two games has caused problems for Golden State’s Hall of Fame backcourt.
Follow along with ClutchPoints as we provide live game and score updates from the third first-round matchup between the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.
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