Fox, Hield lead Kings to 129-110 win over Cava­liers

Imperial Valley Press - - SCOREBOARD - BY STEVE HER­RICK

CLEVE­LAND — De’Aaron Fox and the Sacra­mento Kings found their stride in the sec­ond half.

The Cleve­land Cava­liers just couldn’t keep up.

Fox had 30 points and 12 as­sists, and the Kings beat the Cava­liers 129-110 on Fri­day night.

“We played with a lot more com­mu­ni­ca­tion and phys­i­cal­ity in the sec­ond half,” Sacra­mento coach Dave Jo­erger said, “and we knew we needed to.”

Buddy Hield added 25 points for the Kings, who led by as many as 25 af­ter the game was tied at 66 at half­time. Marvin Ba­gley III scored 17 points on 8-for-9 shoot­ing af­ter miss­ing two games due to back spasms.

Sacra­mento led by 15 mid­way through the first quar­ter, but a lack of de­fense and some hot shoot­ing by Cleve­land changed the mo­men­tum.

“It was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Hield said. “It’s the NBA and teams are good. They’ll make their runs. We have to find a way to stay locked in.”

Fox and Hield each hit two 3-point­ers in the first five min­utes of the third quar­ter, help­ing Sacra­mento open an 84-73 lead.

“I kind of let the game come to me,” said Fox, who fell one point short of his ca­reer high. “Some­times I do know that it starts with me so I took the ini­tia­tive to make that hap­pen.”

Jor­dan Clark­son scored 26 points for Cleve­land, and rookie point guard Collin Sex­ton had 23. But the Cava­liers couldn’t keep up with the Kings’ fast pace.

“I felt like they re­ally ex­posed us in ev­ery area,” coach Larry Drew said. “I haven’t felt like that all year as far as op­po­nents are con­cerned.”

Cleve­land was short-handed af­ter it agreed to a three-team trade with Mil­wau­kee and Wash­ing­ton.

The Cavs got Matthew Dellave­dova back from the Bucks, who also parted with for­ward John Hen­son and two draft picks in 2021. Guard Ge­orge Hill went from Cleve­land to Mil­wau­kee as part of the deal, and Sam Dekker was traded from the Cavs to the Wizards.

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