Kings fans react on social media to Game 7 loss and reflect on memorable season. ‘So proud’

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A dismal second half by the Kings and a 50-point game by Warriors star Stephen Curry sealed Sacramento’s fate.

Sacramento led 58-56 at halftime but unraveled in the third quarter, outscored 35-23 and outrebounded 22-9 by Golden State.

Many fans on Twitter immediately called the Kings’ third-quarter performance a “disaster.” A chyron on the NBC Sports California postgame show called the Kings loss a “collapse.”

But they also remembered the big picture: Sacramento managed to snap a 16-year postseason drought that marked the longest in NBA history, then took the series against the reigning champion Warriors to a full seven games.

“I’m proud of this team, every one of us,” center Domantas Sabonis said in a postgame press conference. “But obviously it stings today, because we did put ourselves in a position where we could have kept moving forward in the playoffs. So, we’ve just got to use this as motivation to keep building.”

Fans and city leaders were proud as well.

“I’m so proud of our team,” Sacramento City Councilwoman Katie Valenzuela tweeted. “They took Sacramento further than we’ve been in years, united and energized our city, and kept our skyline lit up in purple all season long. I believe more great things are to come from our #BeamTeam.”

Here’s how Kings fans and others were memorializing the Kings’ season on social media, moments after it ended at Golden 1 Center.