LOS ANGELES — Malik Manach scored a career-high 45 points, De’Aaron Fox had a rebound and finished with 42 as the Sacramento Kings beat the LA Clippers 176-175 in double overtime in the second-highest scoring game in. NBA history.
Detroit defeated Denver 186-184 in triple overtime on December 13, 1983, in the NBA’s highest-scoring game. The Kings are third on the scoring list with 176 points and the Clippers are fourth.
The Clippers had a 175-169 advantage with 1:57 left before the Kings scored the final seven points, including a Fox jumper with 36.5 seconds left. The Clippers had the final shot, but Nicolas Batum missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Kings overcame a 14-point deficit late in the fourth quarter and six-point deficits in both overtime periods.
The teams also combined for 44 3-pointers, tied for the most in a game in NBA history.
“It was fun. The atmosphere was crazy,” said Manach. “Look at all the Kings fans in here, too – it was loud. The Kings side, too, as well. We just stuck with it, man. Got down like 10 or 12 at one point in the fourth, came on back. We just held our heads up, and we knew they were going to let us back in there.”
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 44 points for Los Angeles and Paul George added 34.
Russell Westbrook started and made his Clippers debut after clearing waivers on Wednesday. He had 17 points, 14 assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes before fouling out with 1:49 left in the second overtime. The 14 assists tied a franchise record for a player making his team debut, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
“I thought it was great,” said Clippers coach Ty Lue. “Still learning the offense, still learning when guys like the basketball, running the plays and things like that. I thought he did a very good job.”
Los Angeles had a 145-131 advantage with 4:25 left before the Kings came back to force overtime with a 22-8 run. Monk forced the extra session with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1.1 seconds left.
Sacramento’s main spurt late in regulation was 10 straight points that made it 147-146 with 1:22 left.
The Clippers led 162-156 with 3:04 left in the first overtime before the Kings scored six straight to tie it. Manach hit a pair of free throws with 20.4 seconds left to tie it at 164. Los Angeles had a chance to win it, but Leonard couldn’t put in a point at the buzzer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.