The Rundown: Kings survive Warriors; Lakers, Bucks clinch top seeds

Published November 29, 2023, 3:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

The Kings were able to hold the Warriors and the Lakers and Bucks finished first in their respective groups in the In-Season Tournament.


Celtics 124, Bulls 97

Nets 115, Raptors 103

Cavaliers 128, Hawks 105

Bucks 131, Heat 124

Knicks 115, Hornets 91

Timberwolves 106, Thunder 103

Mavericks 121, Rockets 115

Kings 124, Warriors 123

What went down

It was a wild night around the league for the final night of group play of the In-Season Tournament.

The ending of the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors game couldn’t have been wilder, capped off by a game-winner from Malik Monk and a missed shot at the buzzer by Steph Curry. 

The Warriors should win by 12 points to advance, but the Kings had other ideas - mounting a comeback to not only not lose by more than 12 points, but taking over to get a one-point win.

De’Aaron Fox took the lead once again for the Kings, scoring 29 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out nine assists. Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter both chipped in 21 points, respectively.

The win sets the brackets for the In-Season Tournament quarterfinals, which tips off next week. 

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks finished the knockout stage as top seeds and will face the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks, respectively. The Kings get the New Orleans Pelicans while the Indiana Pacers face the Boston Celtics out East.

After the quarterfinals, the top four teams fly out to Las Vegas for the semis and finals rounds.

Big-time ballers

The Cleveland Cavaliers must have marked this game against the Atlanta Hawks in their calendar because Donovan Mitchell and Evan Mobley went off.

Mitchell dropped a 40-piece on the Hawks while Mobley delivered his best game of the season so far with 17 points, 19 rebounds, and seven blocks in the win.

Julius Randle also had monster stats versus the Charlotte Hornets, scoring 25 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. 

In a win against the Houston Rockets, Luka Doncic dropped his version of monster stars, nearly notching another triple-double with 41 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

What he said 

Dirk Nowitzki should be calling all Mavs’ games moving forward. Here he was talking about Kyrie Irving’s handles:

Did you see that?

The Giannis Antetokounmpo-Damian Lillard partnership has immediately resulted in a bunch of highlights and crazy stats. The latest of which is a combined 65 points to clinch the No. 1 seed in the knockout stage of the In-Season Tournament.

Extra pass

The Los Angeles Clippers aren’t exactly having a stellar start to the season, with a win-loss record of 7-9. The good news is that they’re catching the Sacramento Kings on the backend of a back-to-back.

The bad news is that the Kings are coming off a win against the Warriors and are looking to extend their win streak to three.

The bad news is that the Kings are coming off a loss against the Warriors and are looking to bounce back.

The Clippers and the Kings tip-off at 11:00AM on NBA Philippines.