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Kings edge Thunder for third straight win


EditorsNote: updates to "13.4 seconds" in lede

Bogdan Bogdanovic drained a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds left to give the Sacramento Kings a 94-93 victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

Buddy Hield recorded 23 points, six rebounds and six assists as Sacramento won its third straight contest. Bogdanovic scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Chris Paul missed a 15-foot step-back jumper with 1.6 seconds left as Oklahoma City's season-long three-game winning streak reached an end.

Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III had 11 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes in his return after fracturing his right thumb in the season opener and missing the next 22 games. Nemanja Bjelica and Richaun Holmes added 10 points apiece for the Kings.

Dennis Schroder scored 17 points and Abdel Nader added 15 for the Thunder. Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 14 points each, Steven Adams added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Nerlens Noel scored 11.

Paul recorded 12 assists but had just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Gilgeous-Alexander made two free throws with 31.6 seconds left to give the Thunder a 93-91 lead.

Bogdanovic then swished the decisive 3-pointer from the left wing.

The Kings shot 44.3 percent from the floor and made 10 of 31 from behind the arc.

Oklahoma City shot 43 percent from the field, including 13 of 33 from 3-point range.

The Thunder led 71-61 after a basket by Gilgeous-Alexander with 1:07 left in the third quarter before Sacramento scored 10 straight to knot the score. Hield connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the Kings within 71-69 at the end of the stanza, and Bogdanovic scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to tie the score.

Oklahoma City responded with a 12-2 burst to hold an 83-73 lead on Nader's 3-pointer with 7:49 remaining.

A short time later, Hield made two 3-pointers during a 14-0 surge as Sacramento took an 89-86 edge with 2:49 left. Nader knocked down a tying 3-pointer 12 seconds later.

Schroder scored 15 first-half points as Oklahoma City led 47-38 at the break.

The Thunder rattled off 11 straight points in the second quarter to take a 37-30 lead, and Paul later drained a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left to account for the nine-point halftime advantage.

Oklahoma City extended its lead to 57-43 on a three-point play by Adams with 8:34 left in the third quarter before the Kings rallied.

--Field Level Media

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