April 2, 2009

NBA: Golden State 143, Sacramento 141 (OT)

Free throws by Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike in the final 12 seconds of overtime Wednesday finally gave Golden State a 143-141 win over Sacramento.

The marathon struggle included career-high performances of 50 points by Sacramento's Kevin Martin and 42 by Golden State's Monta Ellis.

Golden State blew a four-point lead in the final seconds of regulation and Sacramento let a three-point lead late in the first overtime get away. Turiaf made 1-of-2 foul shots with 12 seconds left to give Golden State the lead and, after Martin missed a jumper with 7 seconds left, Azubuike also hit 1-of-2.

Sacramento's Benu Udrih missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have forced a second overtime.

The teams combined for 198 attempts from the field and 94 shots from the foul line. Martin was an amazing 23-of-26 from the line.

Golden State halted a five-game losing streak. Azubuike added 27 points and Francisco Garcia chipped in 22 for Sacramento.