Fox's Stellar 36 Points Lead Kings to Victory Against Timberwolves!



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Fox's Stellar 36 Points Lead Kings to Victory Against Timberwolves!
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De'Aaron Fox's exceptional performance, scoring 36 points and dishing out 12 assists, was pivotal in leading the Sacramento Kings to a decisive 124-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. This victory halted the Timberwolves' chance to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament.

With this win, the Kings improved their record to 3-0 in Group C of the Western Conference and are now poised to claim the group by defeating Golden State in their upcoming game. Harrison Barnes, who scored 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter, commented on the team's motivation: “It’s always good to compete for something else”.

This sentiment reflects the Kings' renewed focus and determination in the tournament setting.

Dominant Defense and Team Effort

In addition to Fox's stellar play, the Kings saw significant contributions from Malik Monk with 17 points and Domantas Sabonis, who added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

This collective effort was crucial in their strong rebound from two consecutive losses at New Orleans. The Kings' defensive prowess was particularly evident as they limited the Timberwolves to just 15 points in the third quarter on 5-for-20 shooting.

“We know that we can score with the best of ’em. That’s not going to surprise anybody in this league, but we know that if we want to be the best team that we can possibly be, we have to be better defensively," Fox emphasized, highlighting the team's strategic focus on defense.

The Timberwolves, led by Anthony Edwards with 35 points and Karl-Anthony Towns with 27 points and 11 rebounds, faced their first loss in eight home games despite a strong start to the season. Coach Chris Finch acknowledged the Kings' early dominance: “They came out, punched us in the mouth.

It took us a while to respond”. Kings coach Mike Brown expressed confidence in his team's potential: “I keep telling our guys if we can lock in the way that we’re capable of defensively, we’re going to have a chance to be great”.

The Kings excelled in various aspects, including points in the paint, second chances, and bench scoring, shooting a season-best 48.6% from 3-point range. This exciting matchup between two rising teams was Minnesota's first home game in the soccer-style tournament, featuring a unique sky blue court.

The Kings' robust start and impressive deep shooting, overcoming the Timberwolves' formidable 3-point defense, set the tone for their commanding win.