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Kings Malik Monk’s game-winning free throws completed comeback

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings reacts to a basket in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Golden 1 Center on December 28, 2022 in Sacramento, California.

Wednesday night, the Sacramento Kings were down by as many as 19 points to Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, and Malik Monk completed a comeback with a game-winning free throw. The final score was 127-126, and Monk finished with a team-high 33 points.

It was 0.7 seconds remaining in the game when Monk got fouled. It sent him to the line for two free throws and the opportunity to give the Kings the lead. However, his first attempt hit the back iron and bounced out. In his postgame interview, Monk shared how this moment played out from his point of view.

Monk completes comeback

“I was talking to my old teammate, DeAndre Jordan, the whole time, Monk told Sideline Sources. “That free throw felt the best all night, so I thought it was good. Then I just had to lock in for the second, and I don’t misdon’t in a row.

After Monk calmly knocked down the second free throw attempt, the Kings needed one more stop. The Nuggets got the ball in Jokic’s hands, and the Kings forced him into a shot that had no chance. The comeback win for the Kings was complete, and Monk’s game-winning free throws did it.

Critical performances in comeback win

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Monks performance off the bench in the Kings’ comeback win was incredible, but this victory was a group effort. DeAaron Fox finished the game with 31 points and 13 assists. Meanwhile, Domantas Sabonis added 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists with a fractured thumb.

This game is the first time in the Sacramento era that three Kings players each posted a 30-point performance in the same game. The last time this feat happened league-wide was on Jan 5, 2020, by the Los Angeles Clippers.

The comeback win improves the Kings’ record to 18-15, and that’s good for the sixth spot in the Western Conference. Next, the Kings are at home, where they will host the Utah Jazz before taking a two-game road trip.

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