The Sacramento Kings have found a soft spot in their brutal first half schedule. After running through the Suns on Tuesday, they had no problems handling the Cavs Friday evening at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Kings’ starting backcourt put on a show in the team’s 129-110 victory over the Cavs. The duo of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield combined for 55 points on 21-of-33 shooting.
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Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson put up big numbers for Cleveland, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Here are three takeaways as the Kings picked up their third-straight win to move to 13-11 on the season.
De’Aaron Fox looked like he was shot out of a cannon. The sophomore point guard flew up and down the court, nearly posting a double-double before the half. He continued his assault on the Cavaliers’ defense after the intermission, although foul trouble slowed him down slightly.
Fox finished the game with 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting to go with 12 assists and three steals.
He’s on Fire
With Fox putting on the jets, Buddy Hield let it fly from downtown. The Kings' starting guards put on a show for Sacramento, making life very difficult on Cleveland.
Hield shot 5-for-8 from behind the arc on his way to 25 points. He added four rebounds and set a new career-high with three blocks. His 12 blocks on the season rank third on the team behind rookie Marvin Bagley III and Nemanja Bjelica.
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Bagley missed the previous two games due to lower back spasms, but showed no signs of the injury against Cleveland.
Bagley possesses an advanced low post game for a 19-year-old and has a motor that doesn’t stop. He didn’t post big rebounding numbers, but he had an efficient scoring night, scoring 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Bagley continues to rely heavily on his left hand in the blocks, but as long as he jumps over the top of his opponent, it doesn’t seem to be an issue.