SACRAMENTO -- With the Warriors trailing the Sacramento Kings by three points and two seconds left in regulation Tuesday night, David Lee told forward Vladimir Radmanovic that he was going to be open on the final play.
So Radmanovic responded the only way he knew how.
"I'm going to hit it then," Radmanovic told Lee.
Radmanovic took Dorell Wright's inbounds pass and drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to send the game into overtime, and then guard Monta Ellis dominated the extra session in the Warriors' improbable 117-109 victory in front of 13,740 at Arco Arena.
The Warriors overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit and generally sloppy play on the second night of a back-to-back to shock the Kings and their enthusiastic crowd. Golden State quickly fell behind by four to begin the overtime, but then Ellis took over, scoring nine of his game-high 36 points to put Sacramento away.
"I thought tonight if we would have lost, it wouldn't have been a season-killer, but it would have been a huge step back for us," said Lee, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds while playing outstanding defense on up-and-coming Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins. "Tonight was huge that we could come back and win."
And unlikely. The Warriors were once again without starting point guard Stephen Curry (ankle) and starting center Andres Biedrins (ankle), as well as backup center Dan Gadzuric (groin). Golden State also expended a lot of energy Monday night playing the Houston Rockets tough but ultimately losing.
The Warriors committed 19 turnovers and allowed 25 second-chance points on Tuesday, and the Kings built a 92-76 lead early in the fourth quarter. But Sacramento committed 19 turnovers of its own and shot just 39 percent from the floor.
"It was a big win for us," Lee said. "I think it could be a big turning point for us. It's a huge win for us. We're really excited."
The Warriors built an 11-point second quarter lead but saw the Kings cut it to one at halftime. Sacramento went out in front behind guard Beno Udrih, who had 34 points.
The Kings fouled Warriors players on two 3-point attempts in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but they managed to make just three of the six ensuing free throws.
Reggie Williams made one of two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to cut the deficit to 102-99. He missed the second and it went out of bounds off Sacramento with two seconds remaining. That's when Radmanovic made the clutch shot to force the extra session.
"We've been coming back and trying to win games in the past week and unfortunately we didn't get a chance to win one," Radmanovic said. "The shot felt really good. I felt confident and I was able to knock it down."
Ellis, who played 42 minutes against the Rockets, appeared to fatigue in the third quarter as he settled for jump shots and missed most of them. Coach Keith Smart rested him for the final 4 minutes, 27 seconds of the third quarter, and it seemed to give him a second wind.
"He played a bunch of minutes last night and had a huge game," Smart said. "I took him out of the game to give him a blow and I think that really helped. It gave him enough time to get under control."
Ellis was 7 for 8 from the free throw line in overtime and added a wild drive to the basket, making a short-range shot with his back to the basket. Ellis was just 12 for 29 from the field but had seven assists and four steals.
"I knew I was going back in," Ellis said. "I just stayed prepared. The guys kept the game close. When we went into overtime, it was like it was our time. We just stayed together as a unit."
After Cousins abused rookie Ekpe Udoh early on, the Warriors switched Lee on him and completely shut him down. Cousins was just 3 for 13 from the floor for seven points. He entered the game averaging 17 points and shooting 54 percent from the field in the past four contests.
"When people say a guy can't defend, it's because a guy hasn't tried," Smart said. "Nobody has told (Lee) that is what he has to do. That's what we communicate to him all the time. You can see he can do it. We just have to make sure we stay on him."
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