NBA play-offs: Golden State Warriors earn wins in first round

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Golden State Warriors held off a fourth-quarter comeback from the Sacramento Kings to win a thriller in the NBA play-offs.

The third-seeded Kings trailed 102-92 after three quarters, but were handed momentum by a Stephen Curry error.

Leading by five, with 45 seconds left, Curry called a timeout with none left, and had to hand over possession.

“I didn’t realize when we lost the challenge that we didn’t have any timeouts left,” Curry said. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he failed to inform his players they didn’t have any more timeouts.

“[Coach] took the blame for it, but I ain’t going to lie: I thought it was the smartest play in the world,” Curry said. “I looked at the bench, and everybody was shaking their head. It was an unfortunate situation.”

The Kings reduced the score to 126-125 but Harrison Barnes missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer chance to win it.

That allowed the sixth-seeded Warriors to tie the series at 2-2.

Two-time NBA most valuable player Curry ended the game with 32 points while De’Aaron Fox top-scored for Sacramento with 37.

Game five is in Sacramento on Wednesday evening.

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