Gaara continues to strangle Sakura to force Naruto to fight. He says he will only release her if Naruto defeats him. He attacks Naruto and Gamakichi, but they manage to dodge him.
Naruto looks at Gaara and sees how sad his eyes are. He realizes that Gaara is also lonely because of the sealed Tails inside him. Naruto was the same way until he met Iruka, Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi. Remembering how gaining his friends gave him happiness and kept him away from the darkness, Naruto decides to save them from Gaara, even at the cost of his own life.