Sacramento laughed in the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.
The Sacramento Kings won 126-123 in the first leg of the first round of the 2022-2023 NBA playoffs against the Golden State Warriors held at the Golden One Center in Sacramento, California, on the 16th (Korean time).
Sacramento enjoyed the joy of winning the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. Sacramento’s last playoff victory was the 4th game of the 1st round of the playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2005-2006 season. After 17 years of waiting, they experienced victory.
In the meantime, Sacramento had no relationship with the playoffs. From the 2006-2007 season to last season, they failed to make the playoffs for 16 consecutive seasons. Many players have passed through the team, but the result has always been a playoff elimination.
Ahead of this season, desperate Sacramento appointed former Golden State coach Mike Brown as the head coach. Brown reorganized the team around Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Pax. Transformed Sacramento into the best offensive team in the NBA. 스포츠토토
As a result, Sacramento ranked first overall with an average of 120.7 points this season. Sacramento is the only team with an average of over 120 points. He also ranked first in the Offensive Rating, which indicates attack efficiency, with 118.6. Offense-wise, Sacramento was the best team in the NBA.
Even in the playoffs, Sacramento’s firepower showed itself. Pax, who made his first playoff appearance, scored 38 points, the most for both teams. Malik Monk, who formed a duo with Pax at the University of Kentucky, also made a big success with 32 points.
On this day, Sabonis was sluggish with a field goal success rate of 29.4%, but Pax and Monk duo were responsible for the attack. ‘Splash Brothers’ Stephen Curry (30 points) and Klay Thompson (21 points) took the lead in a head-to-head confrontation.
Above all, the focus on the winners shone. Pax and Monk made all the free throws at the end of the game and played a big role in keeping the lead. Curry attempted a 3-pointer right before the end of the game, but missed the rim and swallowed regret.
Sacramento showed that it was no coincidence that they finished 3rd in the Western Conference with a record of 48-34 in the regular season. He won a new victory against Golden State, which is the defending champion and won four finals in eight seasons since the 2014-2015 season.