ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – De’Aaron Fox entered Tuesday’s game against the Orlando Magic fighting a back injury that had limited some of his explosion. Even with holding his side in the first half, Fox played through the pain and scored all of his 14 points in the second half as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 107-99.
Fox, who missed all of his shots in the opening half, scored 6 of his 8 points in the final quarter off of layups against the tight defensive coverage. He and his backcourt partner Buddy Hield scored 16 of the Kings’ 22 points in the final quarter to keep the Magic from winning the game.
“It was a real gut check for us. Young bodies and young minds. And to keep playing fast, keep fighting like crazy. And in the second half, they came out and they were aggressive, and maybe we were a little slow in the second half, but we fought. They got 11 offensive rebounds. They made a lot of plays once they got it down to two. I think we got six stops in a row. We locked back in and made some plays. We struggled to score there for a little while. Buddy [Hield] hit a huge shot that we needed. Got a big contribution from Troy Williams tonight. Willie Cauley-Stein continues his excellent play. And De’Aaron [Fox] gutted it out in a night where he could have very easily stayed on the sidelines tonight. Good huge win for us.”- Sacramento Kings Head Coach David Joeger on his team’s victory over Orlando
Hield, like Fox, scored 14 points (25 points for the game) in the second half as the Kings withstood a late charge from Orlando. Orlando got the game within two points after a great sequence that was sparked by the defense.
It started when Mohamed Bamba blocked Troy Williams’s shot at the rim, which led to Terrance Ross missing up a layup and Aaron Gordon cleaning up the miss with a putback dunk to make the score 91-89. But then the Kings went on a 10-2 run to put the game away. The run was capped off by Hield’s fadeaway jump shot to make the score 101-91.
“We enjoy playing together and I think it makes things easier to play with somebody when you do that. We have confidence in each other and the chemistry continues to grow with Buddy and Willie [Cauley-Stein] and myself.” -Sacramento Kings Guard De’Aaron Fox on playing with Buddy Hield
Orlando was led by Gordon, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ross had 17 points off the bench and Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Orlando will play four of their five games at home starting on Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at 7pm.
Danny Thompson is a sports reporter with Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org