Kings get on roll, rout Cleve­land

The Modesto Bee - - Sports - BY STEVE HER­RICK


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 short­handed after a trade in­volv­ing 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.

The Cavs then lost Rod­ney Hood to a right foot in­jury. He didn’t play in the sec­ond half.

The Kings (13-11) have won three straight, in­clud­ing the first two on their four-game trip.

Sacra­mento came out with a hot first quar­ter for the sec­ond straight game. Drew used a time­out 86 sec­onds into the game after the Kings hit their first three shots and led 7-2. Sacra­mento made 17 of 26 shots in the pe­riod.

Sacra­mento outscored Phoenix 36-9 in the open­ing quar­ter Tues­day.

The Cava­liers (5-20) re­grouped in the sec­ond quar­ter. Sex­ton scored 14 points and Clark­son’s 3-pointer at the buzzer tied the game.


Fox is in his sec­ond sea­son while Sex­ton, the eighth pick in the draft,

played in his 25th ca­reer game.

“He’s a good player,” Sex­ton said. “I’ve known De'Aaron, so it was good match­ing up with him.”


Kings: Bog­dan Bog­danovic scored 15 points, and Ne­manja Bjel­ica had 13. … G Iman Shumpert spent four sea­sons with the Cava­liers, in­clud­ing their 2016 NBA cham­pi­onship year. He scored six points in 23 min­utes. “Shump gives you a guy to put on some­body (de­fen­sively), and he fights like crazy and leads with his at­ti­tude on and off the court,” Jo­erger said.

Cava­liers: Alec Burks scored 22 points off the bench. … Hill’s ab­sence caused Drew to jug­gle his start­ing lineup. Hood was moved from small for­ward to shoot­ing guard. Cedi Os­man moved to small for­ward while Larry Nance Jr. started at power for­ward.


Kings: Visit In­di­ana on Satur­day.

Cava­liers: Host Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day.


Sacra­mento’s Bog­dan Bog­danovic puts the brakes on the Cava­liers’ Alec Burks dur­ing Fri­day’s game in Cleve­land.

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