De’Aaron Fox is proving all the doubters wrong this season on his way to a beaming All-Star game appearance. He did it again Saturday night in front of a raucous home crowd, dropping 26 points in the 4th quarter and overtime to lift the Sacramento Kings over the Dallas Mavericks.
Fox was electric; weaving around and through multiple defenders with hesitation moves and patience. Floaters, mid-range jumpers, Euro-steps, hang time, steals, emphatic dunks, made free throws.
Let’s rewatch it.
14 points in overtime.
De'Aaron Fox's 14 overtime points tonight were the most by a player in a single OT period this season. pic.twitter.com/MEkWnvnjZ9
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“I think just continuing to have a pace to the game is kind of what I think about. In the first quarter, the pace is up, but everybody’s pace is up. The second quarter the pace is still kind of up, third quarter it kind of starts to slow down. The fourth quarter, honestly it slows down a lot, but for me, especially when I have opportunities to run, not necessarily just trying to go out there and run as fast as you can, it is continue to have that type of pace and when something opens up then I take it,” Fox said. “And then in the half court, it’s just trying to pick spots. For the most part as like a wing defender, as a guard you kind of know that you’re not going to block a shot. It’s really just trying to get to a spot and just try to get your shot off. And that’s pretty much all I think about when the game is that tight.”
Remembering back to when Fox first came into the league and that all-out speed he played with all the time, it is amazing to see the progression he has made in terms of being able to pick and choose when and how to use it. He really has grown into the role of the point guard and leader of this team. Though hearing about how the game “slows down” for guys gets rather cliche, Fox is a prime example of it working out for the best. And not to mention he has improved on the defensive side of the ball this season, including some stellar defensive possessions against Kyrie Irving.
And Fox and the Kings certainly have the attention of Luka Doncic and Irving, who both shared commentary after the game on Saturday night.
“Amazing, they are a dynamic duo for them,” Doncic said of Fox and Domantas Sabonis. “I think they work together very good and they’re both amazing players.”
Irving said now that he is in the Western Conference and had a chance to see the Kings in back-to-back games, he is going to be taking notes on Fox.
“I’m learning more about De’Aaron’s game as a point guard and I’m just taking notes because we may see them down the line,” Irving said.
The Kings remain 2 games ahead of the Mavericks for the third spot in the Western Conference.