Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Sunday, November 9th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 14th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 1st
Game 4: Sunday, April 5th

Kings 141

(16-58, 5-32 away)

Warriors 143

(26-49, 20-17 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    10:30 PM ET, April 1, 2009

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SAC 40 36 30 26 9141
    GS 37 30 43 22 11143

    Top Performers

    Sac: K. Martin 50 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    GS: M. Ellis 42 Pts, 9 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Ellis, Warriors survive Martin, Kings in overtime

    Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The two skinny scoring guards on Northern California's two downtrodden NBA teams both had the biggest games of their careers on the same crazy night.

    Although the Kings and the Warriors don't have a fierce rivalry, they've got a knack for entertainment when they get together -- and Monta Ellis shot Golden State to victory in the latest meeting.

    Fast Facts

    • Monta Ellis' career-high 42 points, along with nine rebounds and nine assists, helped the Warriors overcome Kevin Martin's career-best 50 points.

    • Martin is the first King to score 50-plus since Chris Webber on Jan. 5, 2001.

    • Martin's 26 free throw attempts (he made 23) ties Oscar Robertson's franchise record.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Ellis scored a career-high 42 points for the Warriors to overcome Kevin Martin's career-best 50 for the Kings, and the Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak with a 143-141 overtime victory over Sacramento on Wednesday night.

    The game wasn't decided until Martin and Beno Udrih missed shots in the final 6 seconds, which seemed entirely appropriate as a way to decide a meeting between the NBA's two worst defensive teams. Although turnovers, bad fouls and awful defense abounded, the Warriors gained revenge for an equally exhausting 135-133 triple-overtime loss to the Kings back in January.

    These clubs might not be going anywhere for the postseason, but they could probably put on quite a show in a seven-game series against each other.

    "Like Game 7 of the playoffs," said Jamal Crawford, who had 15 points and seven assists for the Warriors. "It felt good. We've been on the short end of that stick a few times -- one time with them, Miami here, Oklahoma City here, Memphis here, so it feels good to come out on this end. We're short-handed, but we're going to keep fighting. We've not going to quit."

    Ronny Turiaf made the go-ahead free throw with 12.2 seconds left for the Warriors, who blew a four-point lead late in regulation and then missed two free throws in the final moments of overtime to keep the Kings in it.

    Udrih scored 18 points and tied it for Sacramento late in regulation with a length-of-the-court drive for a layup. But after Martin missed a potential go-ahead jumper in the lane with 6 seconds left in overtime, Udrih couldn't make a bank shot right before the buzzer for the Kings, who missed their final seven shots in their ninth loss in 11 games.

    "Once it went to overtime, we were laughing about it -- that we couldn't finish a game here without overtime," Udrih said. "It's a rivalry game, so both teams play hard. We have to execute better at the end of games."

    Kelenna Azubuike had 27 points and 13 rebounds, hitting another free throw with 4.8 seconds left in OT, and Anthony Randolph added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors rallied to beat their local rivals despite having just eight healthy players.

    "We played great basketball, and that's why we won the game," said Ellis, who injured his Achilles' tendon in the final seconds, but stayed in the game. "It wasn't because of what I did. It's because of what we did as a team."

    The game was an odd achievement for Martin, who made a career-high 23 free throws, but just four after the third quarter. He was held scoreless in a 7 1/2-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, and he got his only points in overtime on an early 3-pointer.

    One night after a heartbreaking 111-110 loss to New Orleans on Rasual Butler's 3-pointer at the buzzer, Sacramento again couldn't make a final big play.

    "We were able to get shots, even in the overtime," interim coach Kenny Natt said. "Fatigue wasn't a factor, more so the fact that they got more breaks than we did."

    Udrih, whose off-balance jumper with 1.7 seconds left looked to be the winner against the Hornets, tied this game at 132 on a long drive for an inexplicably uncontested layup with 2.9 seconds left in regulation, erasing Golden State's four-point lead with 14 seconds left.

    Udrih then hit two free throws and a jumper in overtime to put Sacramento up 141-138, but Ellis' three-point play tied it with 42 seconds left. After both teams missed shots, Kings rookie Jason Thompson fouled out while trying to grab his own miss away from Turiaf, who made one of two free throws.

    Francisco Garcia had 22 points for Sacramento, which set season highs for points in the first quarter (40) and the first half (76). Golden State reclaimed the lead while both teams surpassed 100 points with a few minutes left in the third quarter.

    Even with the dramatics, several hundred fans streamed out of Oracle Arena before overtime began.

    Game notes

    Corey Maggette unexpectedly dressed for the game after initially being ruled out with a head injury, but he scored six points before going back to the locker room early in the second quarter with post-concussion syndrome. ... Golden State began the night allowing an NBA-worst 112.5 points per game, with Sacramento right behind at 108.6 points allowed. ... Randolph, Ellis and Turiaf all got technical fouls in the second quarter for jawing with officials. ... Golden State visits Arco Arena on Sunday night. ... Kings G Bobby Jackson missed his second straight game with a sore right knee.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 141 143
    FGM-FGA 43-98 (.439) 54-101 (.535)
    3PM-3PA 12-25 (.480) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 43-52 (.827) 32-42 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-49 11-52
    Assists 22 25
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 18 30
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 30 (4/0)
    Largest Lead 11 10

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Kevin Martin Martin
    Points: 50
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Monta Ellis Ellis
    Points: 42
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1