Bogi’s Trey Caps Thrilling Comeback over Lakers
Trailing the L.A. Lakers by 15 points with 6:44 remaining in the game, the chances of victory looked bleak for the Kings. But as they’ve continually shown over the past week, there’s no deficit too large.
While down, Sacramento was certainly not out as Willie Cauley-Stein scored a turnaround hook shot that would ignite the Kings offense midway through the final quarter. Sacramento began attacking the Lakers defense at all angles, with a barrage of drives to the hoop led by De'Aaron Fox as well as timely makes from beyond the arc by Iman Shumpert and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Over the next four minutes, Sactown ripped off an impressive 18-4 run against their longtime rivals fueled by an increasingly raucous Golden 1 Center crowd.
The final minute of the game had the Lakers desperately throwing haymakers to try and put the Kings down for the count. But for each swing, Sacramento had a counter punch to keep them in the fight.
L.A. was able to come up with a crucial stop and rebound with just under five seconds to go and Brandon Ingram was headed to the line with his team ahead 115 to 114. After making the first free throw, Ingram's second attempt rimmed out and into Sactown's hands as the Kings quickly called for a timeout. The stage was set.
The clock showed 4.3 seconds as a tense energy filled the arena. Sacramento eagerly awaited to see what Coach Joerger had drawn up for his team coming out of the timeout.
Nemanja Bjelica bounced the ball in to his fellow countryman Bogdanovic with the 7-foot-1 Tyson Chandler lurking right near him as he received the pass. As time ticked down, No. 8 dribbled to his right, stepped back behind the three-point line and lifted a high-arcing shot over the long, outstretched arm of Chandler. The Kings weren't thinking overtime - they wanted the win.
The ball spun through the air for a brief moment but it felt closer to an eternity for fans on both sides. What happened next is something Sacramento's faithful won't soon forget.
As Bogi’s buzzer beater connected, Golden 1 Center erupted in celebration, creating a signature moment for the Serbian swingman.
No. 8 would finish with a team-high 23 points off the bench in the victory with none bigger than the shot at the buzzer.
The rest of the squad also stepped up in big ways to contribute in the comeback.
De’Aaron Fox narrowly missed a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, while Shumpert tied a career-high with six makes from three-point range and 18 points on the night.
The front-court starters of Cauley-Stein and Bjelica also provided a boost with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
In the past four games, Sacramento erased 19-point deficits in back-to-back wins against the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans, nearly overcame a 27-point deficit against the L.A. Clippers, and completed another comeback with this triumph against the Lakers.
The elation from Sacramento’s faithful to the game-winner was also apparent as they watched in the arena and at home.
The Kings and their fans will get the chance to soak this one in over the next couple of days before heading to L.A. for a rematch with the Lakers on Sunday night.