De’Aaron Fox scores 41 as Kings get by Thunder

Dec 14, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cason Wallace (left) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox poured in 41 points, Malik Monk and Keon Ellis combined for 35 off the bench and the host Sacramento Kings overcame a 43-point performance by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for a 128-123 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

In the opener of a six-game homestand, Domantas Sabonis recorded an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double against his former team, helping the Kings beat the Thunder for the second straight time this season.

Josh Giddey chipped in with 18 points for the Thunder. He hit consecutive hoops at the end of a 6-0 burst that got the Thunder to within 119-117 with 3:00 remaining, capping a rally from 14 down.

But Oklahoma City then missed its next six shots, including three 3-pointers; and, by the time Chet Holmgren ended the drought with a dunk with 48 seconds left, Fox and Keegan Murray had hoops to push the Sacramento lead back to six.

Gilgeous-Alexander tied his season high in points with a layup with six seconds to go, making it a one-possession game again at 124-121, before Murray clinched the Kings’ third victory in their last four games with four late free throws.

Ellis shot 5-for-7 on 3-pointers and teamed with Fox (five) and Monk (four) for 14 of Sacramento’s 18 3-pointers. The Kings outscored the visitors 54-33 from beyond the arc.

Fox’s 41 points were two off his season high and three fewer than his career high set in 2021 and matched in 2022. En route to the ninth 40-point game of his career, he shot 14-for-23 and also managed seven assists.

Monk finished with 18 points and nine assists, Ellis scored 17 points and Murray added 15 for the Kings, while Sabonis complemented his double-double with seven assists.

Gilgeous-Alexander’s 43 points were one under his career high set in 2022 and matched last February at Portland. His 11th career 40-point effort and season-high-tying total were aided by a 16-for-18 night at the free throw line and was accomplished along with nine assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Lu Dort scored 17 points and Holmgren added 14 as part of a double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.

–Field Level Media

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