De’Aaron Fox dropped 38 as the Kings beat the Warriors in Game 1 to open the NBA playoffs.

The Sacramento Kings’ first playoff game at the Golden 1 Center was as raucous as expected. Then, the noise got louder.

In their first playoff appearance since 2006, the Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-123 in Game 1 to take an early advantage in the first-round series between the NBA’s defending champions and high-flying upstarts.

It didn’t take long for De’Aaron Fox to make the playoffs with 38 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in his first career appearance.

De’Aaron Fox seems to love the playoffs. (Gary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

The energy in the arena was palpable before tipoff. Not only were the Kings facing the NBA’s most dominant team of the last decade, they were also facing their closest rival. It’s unique, and you can hear it with a nosebleed.

“Our fans were off the charts. It was deafening in there. It was really loud,” Kings head coach Mike Brown told reporters after the game. “So you have to take your hat off to them because they brought it for us tonight and you could feel the energy.”

The first two and a half quarters went the way Sacramento fans feared. The Kings ranked third in the Western Conference and displayed the most offensive efficiency in the NBA, but the Warriors didn’t look like they were facing anything they hadn’t seen before.

After a close first half, the Warriors took a double-digit lead in the third quarter and put their fearsome shooters to work. Stephen Curry finished with 30 points, while Klay Thompson had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

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The Kings came alive in the third, erasing a 10-point lead in the final three minutes to enter the fourth quarter tied. The fourth turned into an all-out war, with Curry and Fox exchanging hay makers.

A pair of Malik Monk free throws with 2.9 seconds left gave the Kings a 3-point lead.

A few minutes later, the beam lit up.

The Kings’ offensive surge was high even by their standards. They scored 69 points on the last 45 possessions of the game, 1.53 points per game. Besides Fox, Monk, one of the team’s big acquisitions last season, was a big part of that win, finishing with 32 points on 13 shots and making all 14 of his free throw attempts.

Fox and Monk became just the second pair of teammates to score more than 30 points in their postseason debut. The only other pairing was Alonzo Morning and Kendall Gill with the 1993 Hornets. Each got 30 points.

‚ÄúThat’s why I came here to change the culture with my homie [Fox], and we knew we had a great chance. We were supposed to be together, we were together all year. We laugh and have fun. I think that’s why we’re together,” Monk said after the game.

Game 2 is scheduled for Monday at 7pm PT in Sacramento. All built up by the Warriors’ struggles on the road, the game suddenly looks more dangerous for the defending champions.

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