Kings Edge Warriors, Hold On to Eighth
Sacramento 96, Golden State 93
OAKLAND, Calif., March 31 (Ticker) -- The Sacramento Kings' backcourt of Bonzi Wells and Mike Bibby continue to keep alive their playoff dreams.
Wells collected 22 points and nine rebounds and Bibby scored 21 points as the Kings held on for a 96-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
"They came to our house last week and stole a victory so we wanted to definitely return the favor," Wells said. "Every game right now is very important for us and down the stretch, they don't get any easier."
Wells' layup with 8:25 remaining in the third quarter helped the Kings build a 64-51 advantage. But Golden State bridged the periods with a 15-3 run, tying the game at 73-73 on a reverse layup by Jason Richardson, who scored 17 points, with 9:33 left.
However, the Kings responded with a 15-5 burst over the next six minutes to open an 88-78 edge with 3:09 left.
"Every team has runs in this league and it is how you respond to those runs (that's important)," Bibby said. "We got the stops when we needed to. They kept fighting back and we stood all the things they were coming back with."
Derek Fisher's layup with four seconds remaining helped bring the Warriors within 94-93, but Miller drained both of his foul shots. Golden State had a chance to send it into overtime, but Richardson missed as the buzzer sounded.
"We just hit our free throws," Wells said. "Brad hit 4-of-6 down the stretch and they had to make a 3-pointer. All we had to do was guard the 3-point line, it was big for us. It could have went the other way but luckily we got the victory."
"They had good defense on me," Richardson said. "Four seconds, you've got to get a shot up. I couldn't get the ball out of my hands and I couldn't get a good shot off."
Miller and Ron Artest scored 17 points apiece for Sacramento, which shot 49 percent (35-of-71) from the field and finished with all five starters in double figures.
"You've got to fight and hang on because you never know in this league," Miller said. "We've turned a couple of games around in the fourth quarter like that. We've got people that make plays in this league and you've just got to finish your games."
Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 24 points and Fisher added 13 and 10 assists for the Warriors, who shot 47 percent (39-of-82) and scored 54 points in the paint.
"We believe in ourselves and came back and just came up a little bit short," Dunleavy said.