All you need to know about De’Aaron Fox’s game on Saturday is that he forced overtime and then ended overtime.
OK, there might be a little more to know, but first here’s what the Sacramento Kings goaltender did to finish the Orlando Magic after tying the game with 6.6 seconds left in overtime. Magic forward Chuma Okeke had seemingly forced a double overtime with a dunk on a transition turnover by the Kings, but then Fox took the ball and pulled away from the logo to silence the Amway center.
The buzzer-beater gave the Kings a 126-123 victory.
It was the final points in a massive game for Fox, who finished with 37 points on 14 of 24 shooting (2 of 7 from deep), plus five rebounds and three assists.
He had already provided enough heroism by forcing the Kings into overtime, as he banked a shot in the last minute of regulation time to tie the game at 106-106. The Magic would fail to score on the ensuing possession, leading to the extra five minutes.
Domantas Sabonis also had a big game for the Kings, posting 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting, 11 rebounds and six assists.
The victory gives the Kings a third victory in their last four games, a nice turnaround after an 0-5 skid to start the season. With Fox and Sabonis on board, along with the additions of Malik Monk and Keegan Murray, this was supposed to be the year Sacramento finally stepped forward and possibly ended the new longest drought in the playoffs. playoffs in major North American sports.
Saturday’s victory by no means guarantees that this is what happens, but it is a great step.