LOS ANGELES -- Better effort, better result.
After a dreary effort Wednesday on their homecourt, the Sacramento Kings walked into Staples Center and played to their potential Thursday against the Clippers.
De’Aaron Fox put up a career night and the Kings knocked down a franchise record 21 3-pointers as they pummeled the Clippers (33-15) on their home floor by a final of 124-103.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings improved to 18-30 on the season with a stunning win on the second night of a back-to-back.
Head coach Luke Walton called his team out after Wednesday’s loss to OKC for not playing with enough physicality. De’Aaron Fox heard the message.
From the opening tip, Fox the most aggressive player on the court. He went at the Clippers defense and set up his teammates on the perimeter. He even got in on the 3-point fun.
Have a night De’Aaron Fox 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/g47DdrY2j5— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) January 31, 2020
Fox finished the night with a new career-high with 34 points on 14-for-24 shooting, including 3-of-4 from long range. He added eight assists, four steals and two blocks as the Kings pulled off the improbable win.
Make it rain
Every once in a while a team get so hot, there is nothing their opponent can do. It happened to the Kings on Monday in Minnesota when the T-Wolves hit a franchise record 23 3-pointers. On Thursday in LA, it was the Kings’ turn.
Sacramento caught fire in the first half, launching and hitting 15-for-25 from distance. They slowed down after the intermission, but still managed to hit a new franchise record 21 3-pointers in the win.
Buddy is on 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8o1BM7h2oe— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) January 31, 2020
Seven players knocked down a triple for the Kings and six of them hit two or more. Sometimes the rim looks twice it’s normal size.
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CoJo shines off bench
As soon as star sixth man Lou Williams stepped on the floor for the Clippers, Walton turned to Cory Joseph to slow him down. What Walton didn’t plan on was his veteran point guard catching fire.
Like the rest of his teammates, Joseph got it going from long range, hitting 4-of-9 from 3-point range on his way to a season-high 16 points. He chipped in seven assists and didn’t register a single turnover in his 32 minutes of play.
Teams like the Clippers is why the Kings invested in Joseph in the offseason. He’s a strong veteran player that every once in a while will surprise you with his offense.