De'Aaron Fox's career-high not enough as Kings fall to Spurs
SPURS SPIKE KINGS
Close, but no cigar. For the 12th straight time, the Sacramento fell to the San Antonio Spurs, this time by a final of 113-98.
De’Aaron Fox put on a rare shooting display, knocking down six 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 26 points. Unfortunately for Sacramento, it wasn’t enough.
Reserve guard Bryn Forbes crushed the Kings from the perimeter and Pau Gasol added a quality double-double as the Spurs improved to 33-19 on the season.
With the loss, the Kings dropped to 15-34 on the season and 2-3 on the road trip.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Fox is turning it on. The 20-year-old point guard hit the jets and blew right past the Spurs defense for a career-high 26 points to go with three assists. Since returning from injury, he’s looked like a different player. He even hit 6-for-6 from behind the arc in the loss.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Who is Bryn Forbes? He’s the guy that torched the Kings for 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range Sunday in San Antonio. It seems like a different guy that burns the Kings every time these two teams play.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Every few weeks, Vince Carter decides to put on a show. With the Kings completely short-handed, the 41-year-old forward went off for 21 points and six rebounds. He hustled all over the floor and set the tempo for the Kings’ second unit.
The Kings let the Spurs get loose in the late third quarter and it came back to haunt them. They made a run in the fourth, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Head coach Dave Joerger appeared to lose his balance and take a knee early in the first quarter. He was taken to the locker room by the Kings medical staff and later ruled out for precautionary reasons after experiencing lightheadedness.
A late injury report gutted the Kings depth. Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain), Willie Cauley-Stein (bone bruise right knee), Garrett Temple (sprained right ankle) and Malachi Richardson (left ankle sprain) joined Frank Mason and Harry Giles on the sidelines. Two-way player JaKarr Sampson was flown in to help fill out the roster for Sacramento.
The Kings finish their six-game road trip Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans before heading back home. They’ll have a few days off before play a rare homecourt back-to-back against the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks on Friday and Saturday.