Keith Smart saw a black tarp that covered an advertisement fall from the scoreboard above center court and ran out to grab the piece of plastic while his Sacramento Kings played defense on the other end. Officials whistle the play dead, and Smart sprinted back to the bench like a running back holding a football, drawing roars from a rare sellout crowd.
While Sacramento's aging arena might be falling apart, the Kings managed to hold things together in their home opener.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Kings nearly blew a 16-point lead before holding off the Golden State Warriors 94-92 on Monday night to avoid an 0-4 start.
''I saw something that was a problem, and I had to rectify that problem immediately,'' joked Smart, the former Warriors coach. ''And I think I did a good job. I was worried about slipping, though.''
Sacramento steady enough.
Cousins outworked slow-footed Andrew Bogut and every other Warriors big man to help the Kings go on a ...