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Kings’ Buddy Hield admits De’Aaron Fox plays better when he’s ‘pissed’

De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Kings

Opposing NBA teams won’t like De’Aaron Fox when he’s angry — or at least that’s what his Sacramento Kings teammate Buddy Hield says.

“He plays better when he’s pissed, you gotta’ piss him off. Don’t piss him off or (he’ll) dunk on you!” Hield described his backcourt mate, via Kings’ reporter Sean Cunningham.

Hield was describing Fox’s amazing Sunday night, when he put on a show in the Kings’ 113-92 rout over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The 21-year-old speedy guard from Kentucky led the way for Sacramento with 24 points, six assists and two rebounds. He was also responsible for a couple of highlight plays in the fourth quarter that even had the home crowd buzzing.

Fox first displayed his athleticism and defensive instincts when he perfectly timed Alonzo Trier’s dunk attempt with five-and-a-half minutes left in regulation. He emphatically swatted Trier and even gave the Kings the possession after the ball hit the Knicks’ guard on the way down.

Fox outdone himself at the three-and-a-half-minute mark, as he picked the pocket of an unsuspecting Knicks player and proceeded to throw down a a breakaway windmill jam with ease.

The Kings picked up its second consecutive win and improved its record to 2-5 after dropping five straight games to start the season.

Fox has emerged as the leader for the young Sacramento squad, averaging 18.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. His shooting average has dipped a bit this year though, making only 41.2 percent from the field and 33.3 from beyond the arc.