I’m still not over how amazing that comeback against the Clippers was. In fact, thinking on it, it might have been even more impressive than Sacramento’s 35 point comeback win against the Bulls in Tyreke’s rookie year. Coming back from 18 points with less than five minutes left is so rare that it hasn’t been done in 20 years.
The NBA subreddit put together a highlight package of Sacramento’s entire 22-3 run to end the game and I’ve watched it at least five times by now, enough to pick my favorite moments, and man, having the Clippers announcers on makes it so much better because you start to hear when the disbelief sinks in.
2:56 left: Big Papa hits a hook shot in the lane to cut it to single digits, much to the amazement of the Clippers broadcast duo of Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith.
“Clippers gotta get a stop heeeeeeere... and they don’t”
2:18 left: Buddy Hield drills a three to cut it to 6 points. Michael Smith is ahead of Lawler on seeing where this game is going. “Oh no... Oh NO, don’t let HIM get an open look, are you kidding?”
2:11 left: Buddy Hield steals the inbounds and knocks down a corner three to make it a single possession game. Michael Smith does his best Darth Vader impression.
1:35 left: Langston Galloway knocks down a long three from the top of the arc to make it a one point game. The Kings bench goes crazy.
1.8 seconds left: Willie Cauley-Stein mops up the glass to put the Kings up 98-97. Darren Collison is so excited he starts high stepping across the floor.
“Can you believe what you have seen here this afternoon!”, Ralph Lawler exclaims.
Michael Smith barely lets Lawler finish speaking before replying.