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Chimezie Metu’s last-second trey lifts Kings over Mavs

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Dec 29, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) holds onto the ball between Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) and guard De'Aaron Fox (5) in the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) holds onto the ball between Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) and guard De’Aaron Fox (5) in the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Chimezie Metu connected on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer on an inbounds play that began with 3.8 seconds remaining Wednesday night, giving the Sacramento Kings a 95-94 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks.

Metu got his shot at being a hero after the Kings, down by two points, chose not to foul the Mavericks on their final possession, which started with 27.8 seconds left.

Dallas committed a 24-second violation, giving the Kings the ball, after a timeout, in their frontcourt.

De’Aaron Fox passed to Metu, who drilled his third 3-pointer of the game to give Sacramento its second home win in two nights. The Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-111 on Tuesday.

After the Wednesday game was tied at 88 and 90 in the final 4:03, Fox gave Sacramento a two-point lead on a coast-to-coast layup with 1:22 remaining.

The Mavericks, coming off a win Monday at Portland, subsequently put themselves in a position to capture a second straight. They got a tying hoop from Jalen Brunson with 1:10 left, a Kristaps Porzingis block on a Richaun Holmes interior attempt with 45.0 seconds remaining and two Porzingis free throws for a 94-92 lead with 33.2 seconds to go.

Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes couldn’t connect on a potential game-tying drive, setting up interim Kings coach Alvin Gentry’s decision not to foul, which paid off in the end.

Fox paced a balanced Sacramento attack with 16 points. Barnes and Davion Mitchell followed with 14 each, Tyrese Haliburton had 12 to go with a game-high 10 assists, and Metu and Marvin Bagley III scored 11 apiece.

Metu also found time for a game-high eight rebounds.

Jalen Brunson had a game-high 25 points to go with a team-high six assists and Porzingis chipped in with 24 points to complement a team-high seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who will stay in Sacramento and get a rematch Friday night.

Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 points for Dallas. Isaiah Thomas, a former King making his Mavericks debut, contributed six points in 13 minutes off the bench after signing with the team earlier Wednesday.

–Field Level Media