Kings become first team in 8,379 tries to come back from 17-point deficit in final 3 minutes
It was a great day at the office for the Sacramento Kings. They managed to come away with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, the win isn’t the only reason why the Kings will cherish this result.
They managed to overcome a seventeen-point lead with only less than three minutes remaining in the game. The fact that they managed to come up with the win, 133-129, under such unfavorable circumstances is nothing short of incredible.
ESPN Stats & Info shared the number of times the league saw games with 17-point deficits during the last three minutes not end in an upset, and the number is pretty staggering.
The Kings trailed the Timberwolves by 17 points with 2:49 left in the 4th quarter.
Since 1996-97, the first year of play-by-play data, NBA teams entered the day 0-8,378 when trailing by 17 or more in the final 3 minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime.
The Kings won, 133-129. pic.twitter.com/w1ma1HD7cC
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2020
There have been almost ten thousand games where this possibility would have happened, but it never did. All of the amazing teams that have come and gone since 1996 weren’t able to do what the Kings were able to achieve.
The man who led the charge was undoubtedly Buddy Hield. The shooting guard didn’t give up on the game and was rewarded with the dub and an incredible stat line. He finished with 42 points, five rebounds, and three assists in almost 38 minutes of play. He was easily the most impressive man on the floor tonight.
De’Aaron Fox also pitched in with his own efforts. He was all over the floor, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and two blocks to help secure the game. It was a masterful performance from the Kings’ floor general that helped the team complete the comeback.
Andrew Wiggins put up an incredible fight against the Kings with his 36 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and a block. Karl-Anthony Towns and Robert Covington pitched in with 23 and 24 points respectively. However, they weren’t able to stop the collapse from happening.
The Kings will be ecstatic after the game and hope that they can carry this form over against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.