Yes, the Lakers won tonight.
Yes, the Lakers pulled it out 116-108 in overtime.
But the Kings came back from over twenty point deficit to show that glimpse of promise and greatness that the Sacramento fans always believed in.
And the last twelve minutes... the last twelve minutes of the last game of the year of the last game of the.., well, you know ... was basketball that people in this city will never forget. Bittersweet. Almost perfect.
A choked-up Coach Westphal said after the game that they felt the love of Sacramento tonight and the Kings players proved it as they stayed on the court and hugged the fans.
Grant and Jerry teared up and in the most poignant moments of the last goodbye; Grant said, "Let me catch my breath here. There's a lot of uncertainty, as we all know; but the one thing that we do know is the love affair between this team and this city."