Buddy Hield scored 22 points, including three clutch free throws, to go with seven rebounds and seven assists as the Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 98-93 Friday night at Oracle Arena. Hield's assists tied his career high.
Sacramento (23-47) has won three of its last five games and two in a row.
Willie Cauley-Stein blocked an attempted 3-pointer by Nick Young that would have tied the score after Hield gave the Kings a 96-93 lead with 13.2 seconds to play with two free throws.
Skal Labissiere added 15 points for the Kings, who are 2-1 against the defending NBA champions this season with a fourth meeting coming up on March 31 at Golden 1 Center.
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Quinn Cook led the Warriors (52-17) with a career-high 25 points. Young had 16 points. All-Star forward Draymond Green had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
The Warriors were without All-Stars Stephen Curry (ankle), Kevin Durant (ribs) and Klay Thompson (fractured finger).
Here are three takeaways from the game:
Fox is fearless
It's one thing to take a shot in a clutch situation on a good night. It's another to do so on a bad night. De'Aaron Fox was 0 for 5 from the field and scoreless before going 3 for 3 in the final three minutes of the game.
On a night he could have easily put his head down with Cook having a career performance, Fox showed the moxie that has the Kings so high on his potential.
The Kings have had a knack for giving up big games to relatively unknown players. Cook is the latest to do so.
Give him his due for stepping up with three All-Stars out for the Warriors.
Skal is back, and he's not shy
Labissiere returned to the lineup after missing three games with a bruised left hip. He eased back into the offense, taking 12 shots and staying in attack mode. He also had five rebounds and three assists.
He made three 3-pointers, to match his career high.