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De’Aaron Fox matches half-century old Kings record with monster stat line

Kings, De'Aaron Fox, Tiny Archibald

Against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, De’Aaron Fox filled the stat sheet to match a half-century old Sacramento Kings record held by Tiny Archibald.

Fox dropped 43 points and 13 assists in their 128-123 loss to the Pelicans, making him the first Kings players since Archibald  to post 40/10 in a game. Archibald recorded similar numbers in 1973, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

De’Aaron Fox’s 43-point outburst is a strong follow-up from his meager 14-point night in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. It’s just unfortunate that the Kings failed to get the victory, which is what matters at the end of the day. Fox acknowledged his stellar night but wasn’t too ecstatic about it.

“There’s more, offensively and defensively, that I’m able to do,” Fox said, per the Associated Press via ESPN. “We lost on a career high (for me) so it doesn’t really matter.”

Fox shot 17-of-27 from the field, 3-of-9 from the downtown, and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Former second overall pick Marvin Bagley III chipped in 26 points and 10 rebounds. Buddy Hield had 18 points, including 5-of-11 from downtown.

Sunday’s defeat marks the Kings’ third straight loss, and they now have a 5-9 record in the young NBA season. Their defense has been to blame for these defeats. Fox knows this, noting that it’s the players’ job to lock up defensively.

“It’s not a scheme, it’s nothing that a coach can do to stop people from getting a 130,” Fox said ahead of their duel with the Pelicans, per James Ham of NBC Sports. “It’s the guys on the court. It’s being able to guard your man.”