The Sacramento Kings defeated the LA Clipper 176-175 in double overtime in the second most scoring NBA game of all time on Friday night in Los Angeles.
Malik Monk led the Kings with 45 points off the bench, narrowly short of point guard De’Aaron Fox, who finished the night with 42 points and 12 assists.
All five Kings that started registered in double figures on a historic evening.
Detroit defeated Denver 186–184 in triple overtime on December 13, 1983, in the most scoring NBA game. The Kings are in third place with 176 points and the Clippers are in fourth place.
The Clippers had a 175–169 lead with 1:57 left before the Kings scored the final seven points, including a Fox jumper with 36.5 seconds left. The Clippers had the final shot but missed the three-pointer on the buzzer.
Malik Monk led the Kings with 45 points from the bench in an historic night for the NBA
Russell Westbrook made his Clippers debut in the NBA’s second-most goalscoring game
Sacramento finished the game without star center Domantas Sabonis, who fouled on the stretch.
Russell Westbrook made his Clippers debut with 17 points and 14 assists.
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 44 points, while Paul George recorded a triple-double with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
BULLS 131, NETS 87
Zach LaVine scored 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting as the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-87 on Friday night to record six games.
Chicago held Brooklyn to its lowest season in points; his previous worst was a 92 in a loss to Boston in December. The Nets lost by the biggest margin of the season, one point short of losing to the Celtics on February 1.
Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond each had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. All-Star DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Williams both scored 17 points.
Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine scores in the second half against the Brooklyn Nets
KNICKS 115, WIZARDS 109
Julius Randle tied his career high with 46 points as the New York Knicks broke a 19-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 115-109 on Friday night.
Jalen Brunson broke the 109 tie with a shot from the bank in a traffic jam with 42.1 seconds left, and the Knicks held on.
Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma each scored 23 points for Washington.
New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, left, dunks over the Washington Wizards
Jastrzębie 136, Kawalerowie 119
Trae Young scored 34 points as Atlanta defeated Cleveland in their first game under interim coach Joe Prunty.
The Hawks played their first game since head coach Nate McMillan was fired on Tuesday. The team had three practices, including a shootout session on Friday morning, with Prunty, who was McMillan’s chief assistant.
Darius Garland led Cleveland with 33 points.
Atlanta Hawks interim coach Joe Prunty chats with guard Trae Young during the first half
WIDER 121, TIMBERWOLVES 113
LaMelo Ball had 32 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a three-point dagger that took Charlotte to Minnesota.
Gordon Hayward added a season-high 27 points and 13 rebounds, while PJ Washington had 20 points for the Hornets. They won the third straight of the overall standings and stopped a seven-game slip on the road.
Bell defeated Minnesota All-Star Anthony Edwards in a battle of two of the top three picks in the 2020 draft. Edwards had 29 points and eight rebounds.
Hornets defenseman LaMelo Ball (1) passes Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kyle Anderson (5)
WARRIORS 116, ROCKETS 101
Klay Thompson scored 42 points and tied his season high with 12 three-pointers as he led the Golden State Warriors to defeat the Houston Rockets 116-101 on Friday night.
Donte DiVincenzo added 15 points as the Warriors held firm in Game 2 after a 124-111 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Jordan Poole’s 38-footer beat the buzzer into halftime to give Golden State a 66–49 lead at halftime and scored 15 goals.
KJ Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds, TyTy Washington had 15 and Jae’Sean Tate had 14 for the NBA’s worst-ever Rockets (13-46) losing their eighth straight and fifth straight away.
Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) celebrates with Klay Thompson, left, after scoring a 3-pointer
SŁOŃCA 124, GRZMIEŃ 115
Devin Booker scored 25 points, Chris Paul added 16, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-115 on Friday night.
Surging Phoenix won 12 out of 16 as they waited for superstar Kevin Durant to come back from a knee injury to make his Suns debut.
Terrence Ross made a 3-pointer on the third-quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 94-87 lead. Phoenix led for the rest of the game, and Booker’s three-pointer with two minutes left gave the Suns an 11-point lead.
It also gave the three-time All-Star a career 1,052 3-pointers, a franchise record.
Devin Booker passed Steve Nash to become the Suns all-time leader in three-point shooting