With 118-94 win, Kings remove Warriors from play-in tournament.

Sacramento — As the Sacramento Kings piled on the Golden State Warriors, “Light the Beam!” shouts began midway through the fourth quarter. The Kings won emphatically against the Warriors a year after their season was ruined by their neighbors, possibly ending a dynasty.  

On Tuesday, Keegan Murray scored 32 points, De'Aaron Fox 24 and the Kings defeated the Warriors 118-94 to advance in the play-in tournament. “We knew what was on the line,” Fox added. “This was another hurdle. We must overcome this obstacle. We must confront this team after losing to them last year.  

After ending an NBA-record 16-year playoff drought last season, Sacramento will play at New Orleans on Friday as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Kings avenged a Game 7 loss at home to Golden State in last year's first round by playing cleaner and faster to loose balls against the older Warriors in one of their most important wins in 20 years.  

The loss saw Golden State miss the playoffs for the third time in five seasons, including two play-in tournament eliminations. The Warriors looked nothing like the dynasty club that won four titles from 2015-22, committing 16 turnovers, giving up 15 offensive rebounds, and giving up too many open 3-point

“I was a sophomore in high school watching them win championships,” Fox added. “We've followed this team for years. If the end, so be it. I'm delighted we beat this squad now, but they had a great run.” In his possible final game with the Warriors, Klay Thompson missed all 10 attempts from the field. He will enter unrestricted free agency this summer, which might break up the championship combination of Thompson, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green.  

We need Klay back. Tonight was challenging for him, said coach Steve Kerr. I speak for everyone in the organization—we want him back. The business at hand must be addressed. As terrific as Klay is, we want him back for what he's done for our franchise.”  

Curry received too little aid as Thompson struggled. Curry scored 22 points against Keon Ellis' relentless pursuit. Undrafted Ellis, on a two-way contract until February, scored 15 points and played well defense. Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento. Harrison Barnes scored 17.  

“For the most part, they just took it to us the whole game,” Curry said. “Really no way around it.” Golden State won last year's series against the Northern California rivals separated by fewer than 100 miles. Curry had 50 points in game seven.  

The crowd was boisterous from the start, but it wasn't as energetic as last year's clash, when Sacramento fans celebrated the end of the record playoff drought. Murray scored four 3-pointers in the first quarter and the Kings led by 16 points in the second before the Warriors rallied behind their bench to narrow the margin to 54-50 at halftime.  

Golden State pulled within one early in the third quarter, but Sacramento answered with a 19-5 run led by Ellis' 3-pointers and Murray's big shots to recover to 15 points. The Kings were never threatened again. Murray added, “The first play was for me and we just kind of kept going to that early on in the game. “When your shot falls, especially mine, they always seem to find me.”  

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