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Fox was 'confident' game-winning shot vs. Bulls would fall

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The Kings began their four-game road trip with a dramatic 117-114 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at United Center. 

De'Aaron Fox, who scored 32 points in the contest, put on the superhero cape and drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.07 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, avoiding overtime and inching the team closer to a playoff berth

"Just get a good shot," Fox told NBC Sports California's Mark Jones and Kayte Christensen on "Kings Postgame Live." 

"I didn't know if they're gonna hit, which is a double team for most teams. I didn't know if they were going to double, and once it got to four seconds and I was like, 'They're not going to double.' I knew I could just pick a spot and raise up and the ball went in."

Nonetheless, seconds before Fox's heroics, there was a controversial foul call, which the Kings have had plenty of this 2022-23 NBA season. The referees called a foul on Harrison Barnes for making contact with DeMar DeRozan's delivery. 

DeRozan's 3-pointer allowed the Bulls star to complete a four-point play to tie the game 114-114. Kings coach Mike Brown challenged the call, but it was unsuccessful after the officials reviewed the play. 

While the challenge didn't go the Kings' way, Fox didn't lack confidence in his ability to come up clutch in crunch time. 

 

"Yeah, obviously, DeMar hit the free throw; he made a lot of big shots for them tonight," Fox continued. "With the game tied, I mean, there's not a lot of pressure [to make the game-winning shot]. You miss, you go to overtime. But for me, I'm confident in taking any shot at the end of the game."

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Fox wasn't alone in his conviction that he would sink the game-winner, as Malik Monk also believed the 25-year-old had the contest secured. 

"I'm going to keep saying it, man; I'm not surprised," Monk told reporters postgame. "I've been with him for a long time. I know what you're going to do. I got the most confidence in him. So he's Fox being Fox. Give him space."

The Kings' win over the Bulls has Sacramento tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Fox and the Kings will wrap up their back-to-back against Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night at Barclays Center.