Harrison Barnes’ buzzer-beater sparks joy, Kings’ push to NBA playoffs

Barnes’ buzzer-beater stimulates pleasure, rising Kings’ playoff push initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SACRAMENTO — In a season like no other, there are minutes that will never ever feel right. 

The Kings’ wild 100-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at Golden 1 Center was filled with them.

When De’Aaron Fox drove the lane, took a hit and turned a shot into the basket to connect the video game with 6.2 seconds staying, a jam-packed home would have lost their minds. 

When Fox dropped in the complimentary toss to provide the Kings a 97-96 lead, fans would have still been high-fiving total strangers in the aisles and most likely missed out on Collin Sexton running the court for a sensational play that was required goaltending and provided the Cavs a 98-97 lead.

The whisperings in the stands would have been insane as the officiating team saw the screen to validate the call and attempted to find out just how much time was on the clock, in addition to which gamers ought to have been on the court.

The worried energy would have been palpable when 1.6 seconds were placed on the clock and after that gamers were mixed on and off the court for both groups.

When Fox ended up on the standard and tossed a Haily Mary pass some 60 feet down the court, there wouldn’t have actually been a peep in the structure. When Harrison Barnes snared the pass, reversed and drilled a 3-pointer over 2 Cavs, the structure would have appeared. 

Perhaps 100 individuals saw something this unique live and face to face Saturday, which is an embarassment. 

The Kings gamers stormed the court, commemorating the insanity. They surrounded Barnes in a minute of large mayhem. 

As somebody who has actually enjoyed circumstances unfold like this numerous times, the missing out on component took a percentage of enjoyment far from the minute. Fans was worthy of to see it live as their group got a 4th straight win and moved within a video game of the Western Conference’s last play-in area. Sadly, an international pandemic makes that difficult at this minute in time.

The miracle shot at the buzzer was drawn up by Kings coach Luke Walton, although even he admitted that the team hadn’t practiced it outside of maybe a halfcourt walk through.

After dropping 20 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, Fox should have been one of the options at the far end of the court, but after viewing his options, Walton made a difficult decision.

“I don’t know if Tyrese [Haliburton] is strong enough to throw the ball full-court yet,” Walton said with a smile. “Richaun [Holmes] told me pretty clearly that he’s not good at it. I wanted Harrison to be the one to catch and shoot it, and Delon [Wright] is the other one and he’s been here half a day.”

Fox might have been the most qualified player on the roster to make the pass. He has a sneaky background as a pee-wee football quarterback before turning in his cleats for sneakers.

“I did play quarterback growing up,” Fox said. “Just in case you were wondering.”

The plan was for Fox to throw the ball towards the Cavs bench where only Barnes could grab it. Fox threw a strike, and the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report likely will show a touch foul on the Cavs’ Dean Wade as Barnes squared for the shot. 

Barnes’ shot looked good the minute it left his hand, and the outpouring of emotion from his teammates had a little extra kick with Sacramento starting to build real momentum. 

“Once I was able to see some daylight and it left my hand, I thought it was going to be good,” Barnes said. “Just to be able to celebrate with my teammates, to have that joy, I think that kind of embodies where we’re at as a team right now. Not only are we winning, but it feels like we’re building something.”

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After the craziness, Barnes stopped to give a postgame interview with NBC Sports California. Haliburton interrupted the conversation to dump a bottle of water on the veteran forward as he finished an answer.

In case you needed further proof about the bonds the Kings are forming, the group posted a video of what awaited Barnes when he returned to the locker room. 

Should the Kings have needed a buzzer-beater to take down the Cavs? Did they play a perfect 48-minute game? Do they still have a long way to go in their development as a team?

Those are all questions for another day. This was a huge win for a team that is on the right track after a rollercoaster start to the season. Hopefully there comes a time when the Kings will be allowed to invite at least a few fans into Golden 1 Center to enjoy what is happening.

After so many years of struggles, the Kings look like they finally may be onto something.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.