De'Aaron Fox flies, gives Kings first win in Miami since 2001
What a way to win
Inoculated. The Sacramento Kings avoided the South Beach flu for the first time since November of 2001 when they shocked the Heat on their home court Thursday evening.
Rookie De’Aaron Fox went over the top of the Heat defense to hammer down a putback with 3.3 seconds remaining and the Kings’ defense held on the final possession to give Sacramento the improbable 89-88 win.
The victory was the first win for the Kings at AmericanAirlines Arena in 15 opportunities over a 17-year stretch.
Goran Dragic and Wayne Ellington led the Heat attack. The guard tandem combined to score 43 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Kings from coming away with the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Fox earned man of the match honors on one play. The 20-year-old guard attacked the glass and picked up his second game winner of his rookie season. He finished the night with 14 points and four assists, but those last two points are all that matter.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Buddy Hield caught fire. The second-year guard lit the Heat up for 15 of his team-high 24 points in the first half. He looked confident from the opening tip, hitting 10-for-15 from the field, including 4-of-7 from long range.
The Heat used a 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to put the Kings on their heels. Sacramento responded with a 9-0 run to make it a game and then Fox found a way to win it with the hammer.
George Hill and Vince Carter sat out as healthy scratches against the Hornets. Frank Mason III is out another two weeks with a partial tear of the right plantar fascia. Harry Giles is out for the season.
The Kings continue their six-game road trip Sunday in San Antonio with a battle against the Spurs. They’ll finish the trip Tuesday against DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans before heading back home.