It was the first playoff game for the Sacramento Kings since May 5, 2006, to be played at ARCO Arena, in an environment that everyone dreams of playing in.

And you wouldn’t know it: Their first playoff game in nearly 17 years came against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

There was seemingly no pressure on the Kings: They took home an instant classic in Game 1 of their first-round series, 126-123.

After trailing by as many as 10, the Kings took a 91-90 lead with just 3.1 seconds remaining in the third quarter, their first lead since trailing 44-42 with more than six minutes remaining in the second. room. They finished the third quarter on a 15-4 run.

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Sacramento Kings guards De’Aaron Fox (5) and Malik Monk (0) celebrate in the third quarter during Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Sacramento, California, Saturday April 15, 2023. The Kings won 126 – 123. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Villegas)

After being down by two, Sacramento went on a 10-2 run to take a six-point lead with 2:35 to go, their best of the night. But Golden State wasn’t dead yet, as they were ball one down with the shot clock off. However, Andrew Wiggins missed an open 3-pointer with 10.3 seconds remaining. Damontas Sabonis grabbed the defensive rebound and the Kings wasted some time: Malik Monk made a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds left, but the Warriors had the ball with a chance to send the game into overtime.

De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings prepares to shoot a free throw during Round One of Game One of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on April 15, 2023 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento , Calif.

De’Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings prepares to shoot a free throw during Round One of Game One of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on April 15, 2023 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento , Calif. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Out of timeout, Draymond Green approached Stephen Curry, who attempted a floating three, but blocked it on the back iron and the Kings prevailed.

Sacramento leads the series 1-0, and the lightning strikes in the California capital.

De’Aaron Fox left in his playoff debut: He scored 38 points, 15 of them in the fourth quarter. He went 13 of 27 from the ground and 4 of 8 from the ground from three points. Monk was 14 of 14 from the free throw line en route to 32 points coming off the bench.

Curry led the Warriors with 30 points, knocking down six of his 14 three-pointers.

Golden State, despite being the sixth seed with the Kings earning the No. 3 seed, were the favorites to win the series. However, it is now officially up to anyone for the taking.

Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings celebrates a play during Round One of Game One of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on April 15, 2023 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings celebrates a play during Round One of Game One of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on April 15, 2023 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Game 2 is back at the Golden 1 Center on Monday night.