What's the proper response when the referees wave off a sick alley-oop dunk? Do it again, of course.
Derrick Williams made his debut for Sacramento on Friday after traded by Minnesota for Luc Mbah a Moute earlier this week. He made a solid first impression, finishing with 12 points (on 6-for-13 shooting), six rebounds and four assists, but he saved his best for the last few minutes of regulation.
With than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and L.A. leading 92-87, Greivis Vasquez lofted a pass to Williams, who was cutting along the baseline. Williams rose high to catch the pass with his right-hand and he stuff it home over Griffin, who came across the paint hoping to break up the play. The Sleep Train Arena crowd and the Kings announcers couldn't get enough of the replays, but the officials eventually ruled that Jared Dudley had fouled Williams before he got free to track down the alley-oop. That decision nullified the basket and the highlight and gave the ball to the Kings on the sideline.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Willliams inbounded the ball to DeMarcus Cousins at the top of the key and immediately cut backdoor again, beating Dudley again. Cousins' pass was on the money and Williams finished the play with a smooth, two-handed finish.
Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 31 points (on 12-for-22 shooting) and added 11 assists for L.A. Griffin added 21 points (on 7-for-15 shooting) and 12 rebounds.
Cousins had team-high 25 points (on 11-for-19 shooting), nine rebounds and six assists in the loss. L.A. improved to 12-5 with the win; Sacramento dropped to 4-10 with the loss.