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Kings starters set dubious NBA record during big win over Thunder

Kings starters set dubious NBA record during big win over Thunder

SACRAMENTO -- Making history is never easy. On Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings starting unit set a new NBA record for futility, which is not likely to be matched anytime soon. George Hill, Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Zach Randolph and Willie Cauley-Stein couldn’t hit a shot to start the game.

The first team offense missed their first 12 attempts and turned the ball over three times before giving way to a steady stream of reserves. Rookie Justin Jackson dropped in the team’s first hoop at the 6:22 mark of the first and then followed it up with a lay-up at the 4:22 mark to cut the Thunder lead to 14-5.

Buddy Hield came off the bench to knock down a 3-pointer with 2:29 left in the period and then hit a jumper with 26.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After 12 minutes of play, the Kings trailed Oklahoma City 25-10 and things looked bleak.

Hield came out firing in the second, dropping in a pair of 3-pointers in the first 39 seconds of the period. Skal Labissiere hit a 10-footer, Justin Jackson knocked down his second triple and De’Aaron Fox stopped and popped from 20 give the Kings a 13-2 run to start the period.

More Hield and Jackson continued until the 4:08 mark of the second period when Cauley-Stein finally hit a pair of free throws to give the Kings their first lead at 31-30. Those freebies marked the first two points of the game by a Kings starter.

According to Elias, the 29 points scored by the bench was the most to start a game without a single point from a starter in NBA history. The previous mark of 23 points was set by the Milwaukee Bucks back on April 5, 2011 during a game against the Magic in Orlando.

It’s a statistical anomaly that means very little in the grand scheme of things. Sacramento shook off the poor beginning from the first team to shock the Thunder 94-86 and snap their seven-game losing streak.

Zach Randolph scored all 18 of his points in the second half as the Kings rallied and then sustained a lead. All five starters scored at least a point and they combined to score 41 of the team’s 94 points.

After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

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After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston in front of his hometown crowd put everything on hold.

After being evaluated by the Kings medical staff this morning in Sacramento, the team has tentatively cleared their young guard for action in this weekend’s All-Star festivities. 

“Barring any changes in his condition, Fox is expected to play in the Risings Stars Game in L.A. on Friday evening,” the team said via text.  

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Game together, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.

De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

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De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

Good news, bad news. De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston has everything on hold.

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

There is no word yet from the team on his availability going forward, including Friday’s Rising Stars game in LA. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are all scheduled to play in the Rising Stars game, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.