SACRAMENTO -- De'Aaron Fox did just about everything but win in Sunday night's 128-123 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
In addition to his career-best 43-point scoring outburst, Fox was locked in on defense, he found his teammates for a season-high 13 assists and he was forceful with his play. He turned the ball over just twice, despite accounting for more than half of the Kings’ points by either scoring or assisting.
“I’d say it’s one of his better all around games that I’ve seen him play in his whole career,” Buddy Hield said. “And that’s what we need from him, to show that he can be that All-Star player that we need.”
While plus/minus isn’t the most accurate indicator for a game, Fox ran a plus-18 in 39 minutes and his team lost by five points. That means that the nine minutes Fox was off the court, his teammates were outscored by 23 points.
According to ESPN Stats Info, Fox became the Kings player with 40 points and 10 assists in a game since Tiny Archibald on March 13, 1973 for the Kansas City Kings.
The defensive woes are historically bad for Sacramento, but despite the 128 points allowed, Fox was a game-changer on the defensive end. He fought through screens, stuck to his man and even came away with four steals.