SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings met the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Golden 1 Center for a chance to bust the 16-season playoff drought on their terms, but they came up short.
Monday's meeting was the fourth of the season between the two teams and the Timberwolves came out on top.
A win against the Timberwolves would have guaranteed an end to the longest playoff drought in NBA history in front of a dedicated fanbase. The Kings will have another chance to clinch in Portland.
"Fans have always been loyal, super supportive... to this organization long before I even got here with the ups and downs. So, for us to be at this moment when it comes to making the playoffs, it's a lot of just gratefulness to them for just continue to support us," said Sacramento King Harrison Barnes.
Game Day Updates
Fans Leave Golden 1
Kings down in 4th Quarter
Fox in the 4th Quarter
Attendance Record Tied
Kings tie the attendance record for most fans in the Golden 1 Center at 18,151 fans.
The Kings will have to work hard for this clinch. They trail by a point heading into the 4th quarter. Meanwhile, Sabonis has notched his 61st double-double of the season.
De'Aaron Fox with the block
Huerter and Barnes
Kevin Huerter picked up his 5th foul in the third quarter.
Kings' fate is in their hands
Kings lead by a point at halftime
1st lead for the Kings
Electric at the Golden 1
Clinching Scenarios Possibly Closing
Golden 1 Excitement
Turnovers Burden Kings
Timberwolves Relentless in 1st Quarter
The Timberwolves come out of the gate relentless, taking a lot of the pregame energy out the building for a hungry Sacramento crowd.
Harrison Barnes is up 8 points now and 4/5 on field goals.
Keegan Murray needs three more three-pointers to break the record for the most threes in a single season by a rookie.
Currently, Jaden McDaniels has 13 points in the first quarter for the Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves and Kings are squaring off in the first quarter.
Sacramento Deserves It
In a video posted to the Sacramento Kings Twitter page, he said the playoffs are something the people of Sacramento deserve. Watch his full comments below.
Road to the Playoffs
Coach Mike Brown shared the story of Kings equipment manager Miguel Lopez crying in the tunnel after they beat the Utah Jazz. He said Lopez has been in Sacramento since the 2013-14 season and has only known losses until now.
In addition to the Sacramento Kings potentially clinching a playoff berth, Keegan Murray also stands to make history of his own. Murray is three shots behind Donovan Mitchell for the most three-pointers in a season for a rookie.
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