Let’s all watch it again, shall we?
With 13.6 seconds left and down 1 to the Golden State Warriors, Malik Monk dribbled into the corner against Andrew Wiggins. After a few isolation dribbles he took off to the center of the paint. Wiggins stayed with him and got a hand up on the shot, which Monk threw up off one foot while fading back – one foot, while fading back! And this was after trying to stop a dime…with one foot. The ball hits the backboard square in the middle and drops into the basket.
The go ahead bucket would seal the deal for the 124-123 win and finally give the Kings the victory over the Warriors the fans have all been waiting for this season.
“I was just searching for a little space. I had him on a little in and out, he bit for it and that gave me the space to get the little floater up, glass I guess [smiles].” Monk said. “Go to the bank man.”
De’Aaron Fox was all smiles about the miracle shot as well.
“[Laughs] It was an awkward shot,” Fox said. “I’ve seen him make crazy shots going back to high school. So, I don’t want to say surprised but that was a crazy shot that went in for sure, but with the game he was having I think that he would tell you that he felt a little confident in that shot.”
Mike Brown spoke about what transpired a few moments leading up to the possession before Monk’s shot went in, which was just as chaotic.
“Crazy, but the way this game was going, I was OK with it because the more chaotic it was, it seemed to be in our favor because our guys were finding ways to respond and throughout the chaos it was bringing them energy,” Brown said. “It was chaotic, our guys did a fantastic job of trying to play for each other during that chaos.”
“Just didn’t get it done down the stretch. Down the stretch, you’ve got to take care of the ball and we didn’t do that. And then the last play, perfect defense, Wiggs was fantastic and Monk hits that tough toss to the rim, and give Sacramento credit, they fought like crazy and earned the win,” Kerr said.
The Kings are now 10-6 on the season and 6th in the Western Conference. The Kings also won their Group C division of the In-Season Tournament and will move on to the knock out rounds.