Light The Beam: Kings Take Down Defending Champion Warriors In Game 1

It's time to light the beam in Sacramento as the Kings took down the defending champion Golden State Warriors with a 126-123 win in Game 1.

De'Aaron Fox was phenomenal in his NBA playoff debut. The All-Star guard scored 38 points on 13-of-27 shooting, to go along with five rebounds, three steals, and four three-pointers. Fox's 38 is tied for the second-most points ever in a postseason debut. Mavericks star Luka Doncic owns that distinction when he scored 42 points in his first playoff game in 2020.

His college teammate Malik Monk wasn't far behind as he dropped 32 points and went 14-of-14 shooting from the freethrow line in his first-ever postseason game. 

The Kings managed to overcome an uncharacteristically inefficient night from Domantas Sabonis, who went just 5-of-17 from the field. He did finish with 12 points and 16 rebounds. 

Sacramento trailed by as much as 10 points but used a late third quarter surge to enter the final frame with a one point lead. 

Both teams traded big shots down the stretch, but a 7-0 burst late in the fourth spelled the difference for the game. 

Nonetheless, the Warriors still had their chances to win or send the game into overtime. Stephen Curry missed a golden opportunity to tie the game after he sprung open for a three-pointer that would have sent the contest into an extra session.

Curry finished with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting and six three-pointers. He made several huge shots down the stretch, but couldn't cash in on the potential game-tying basket.

Andrew Wiggins, who returned from a two-month absence, came off the bench and had 17 points. But he shot just 1-of-8 from long distance and missed an open corner three-pointer late in the fourth that would have given Golden State the lead.

Klay Thompson added 21 points with five three-pointers.

Sacramento will look to take a 2-0 lead on Monday.

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