De’Aaron Fox responded to Russell Westbrook’s clutch bucket with a game-winner of his own.
Holding on to a narrow two-point lead with under 30 seconds left in the Sacramento Kings‘ game against the Washington Wizards Wednesday night, De’Aaron Fox missed a shot right around the basket. Russell Westbrook snagged the rebound, snaked down the court and drove hard to tie it up at 119 with 22.6 seconds remaining.
Fox learned his lesson, and responded in kind.
On the game’s final possession, the young Kings guard drove left on Bradley Beal, switched hands with a between-the-legs dribble and fired up a mid-range jumper. It was true, and Sacramento restored its lead with 0.7 seconds left en route to the win.
De’Aaron Fox comes up clutch for the Kings
The Kings are well out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference at 16-24, but they’re still technically only three games out of a play-in spot. Any win they can get, especially with Marvin Bagley III currently sidelined by a fractured hand, is a welcome one. Plus, there’s no question that hitting a game-winner makes any win even sweeter.
Fox finished his night with a team-high 28 points, 7 assists and 5 steals, and although he only shot 8-for-21 from the floor and 1-for-6 from behind the arc, he knocked down 11 of his 13 free-throw attempts in the win.
As for the Wizards, who fell to 14-25 in a tough loss, they are now 13th in the Eastern Conference standings after their fifth straight loss. However, they’re only three games out of a play-in spot as well. Westbrook finished his night with a 26-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist triple-double.