SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Chimezie Met hit a 3-pointer from the corner when the buzzer sounded and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Dallas Mavericks 95-94 on Wednesday in the first of two games between the teams.
Dallas led 94-92 with 33.2 seconds left in the game after a short jump by Jalen Brunson and two free throws by Kristaps Porzingis. After Harrison Barnes missed a layup for Sacramento, and the Mavericks were penalized for a 24-second violation, Kings guard De’Aaron Fox drove down the lane and passed Metu in the right corner. The crowd at Golden 1 Center erupted after Metu’s shot went through the net.
Fox had 16 points and five assists. Barnes and Davion Mitchell each scored 14, and Tyrese Haliburton added 12 points and 10 assists.
Brunson scored 25 points for Dallas. Porzingis had 24 points and seven rebounds. The Mavericks have lost 14 of 21 to the Kings.
The teams will meet again on Friday in Portland.