SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raucous sellout crowd was rewarded with a victory on a night when they bid an emotional goodbye to an aging 28-year-old arena that housed one last game for the Sacramento Kings.
Rudy Gay scored 24 points, including two free throws with 1 second left, helping the Kings celebrate the final game at Sleep Train Arena with a 114-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
Darren Collison had season-high 27 points and eight assists for the Kings, who were focused on giving their devoted fans one last victory on their longtime home court. Next season, the team will move to $519 million Golden 1 Center, which is located in downtown Sacramento.
"These are some of the best fans in the NBA and we knew how bad they wanted a win," said Seth Curry, who made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 20 points. "It was something we wanted to do for the fans."