Warriors survive De’Aaron Fox, late Stephen Curry foul in Game 4 thriller to tie Kings 2-2

April 23, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring a goal against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors won 126-125 against the Sacramento Kings in a Game 4 thriller in San Francisco on Sunday.

The Warriors survived a crucial late mistake by Stephen Curry as they pulled away from the brink of elimination to tie the series at 2-2 and send the series back to Sacramento.

Curry battled with De’Aaron Fox throughout the game while leading the Warriors with 32 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter. But the game nearly unraveled when Curry called a timeout without Golden State.

A technical foul that followed and a Fox 3-pointer with 28.1 seconds left led the Kings to cut their deficit to 126-125. A defensive stop on the next Golden State possession set them up for a potential game-winner with a 3-1 series lead. But Harrison Barnes’ 3-pointer in the final seconds of the game went wide, and the Warriors survived with the win.

Fox scored 12 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to help cut a 10-point 3rd quarter deficit to 1. He had the ball in his hands to start the final possession, but a double-team by Curry and Draymond Green forced him out. Out to Barnes for the final shot. Barnes was open after Green switched him off, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim when the final buzzer sounded.

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A late Steph miss saves the players

After the Warriors had the ball in the game’s final 45 seconds and built a five-point lead, a late stop prevented a nasty collapse. But Curry called a timeout that the Warriors didn’t have with 42.1 seconds left as Golden State took the lead.

The infraction drew a technical foul that forced Malik Monk to make a free throw to cut Golden State’s lead to 126-122.

It also gave Sacramento the ball. After a missed Barnes jumper and an offensive rebound, Fox put the Warriors ahead with a deep pull-up 3 over Green’s outstretched right arm. The shot cut Golden State’s lead to 1, but the Kings never regained the lead.

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