NBA

Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
7-4, 3-3 Away
Final
129 - 120

3-9, 1-5 Home
Embed this event in your website

Fox's season-high 43 leads Kings past Wembanyama, Spurs 129-120 in in-season tourney

Wemby drops 27 points as Spurs fall short vs. Kings

De’Aaron Fox scored a season-high 43 points, and the Sacramento Kings overcame 27 points from Victor Wembanyama to hold off the San Antonio Spurs 129-120 on Friday night to remain undefeated during the in-season tournament.

Sacramento is 2-0 in the West Group C standings and the Spurs are 0-3.

“I’m not one of those guys that are like, ‘I think it’s dumb,’ because I don’t,” Fox said. “I think it could be interesting for this league. Like I said, almost every league in the world does some type of in-season tournament, so I think it’s cool that the NBA is trying to implement it.”

Domantas Sabonis had 27 points and 14 rebounds as Sacramento won its fifth straight. Malik Monk added 20 points in the Kings’ fourth straight win in San Antonio.

Zach Collins had 28 points and Keldon Johnson added 21 points for the Spurs, who have lost seven straight after opening the season 3-2.

“It’s an everyday fight,” Wembanyama said. “I know the end of the season will not look like the beginning of the season. We’ve got a good way to go, progression.”

Wembanyama was 12 for 26 from the field after scoring a season-low eight points in a 123-87 loss at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

The 7-foot-3 rookie from France added nine rebounds and a series of highlight plays.

Despite being pushed to the baseline on a foul by Keegan Murray, Wembanyama stretched from behind the backboard to tip in a layup off an alley-oop pass from Collins.

“He’s a special player,” Fox said. “Extremely special player. When he’s rolling, you have to be under him because if they throw the ball up, there’s literally nothing you can do.”

But the veteran Kings withstood the highlights and the runs to beat the young Spurs.

Fox was the catalyst.

The seventh-year guard out of Kentucky had 16 points in the fourth quarter and finished one point shy of matching his career high of 44 points, which he has done twice. It was the seventh 40-point game of his career.

Fox was 14 for 24 from the field, including 5 for 11 on 3-pointers.

“He’s a great player,” Sacramento guard Chris Duarte said. “You guys see it day in, day out. He’s a guy that we definitely need him scoring the ball like he does.”

The Kings went on a 7-0 run after the Spurs pulled to 112-111 with six minutes remaining to regain control of a back-and-forth contest.

Sacramento opened the third quarter on a 15-4 run for its largest lead to that point at 77-66. San Antonio shot 1 for 5 during the run.

The Spurs were without starting guard Devin Vassell and backup point guard Tre Jones. Vassell sat out with a strained groin and Jones missed his third straight game with a strained right hamstring.

San Antonio had 33 assists despite being without two of its primary ballhandlers.

The Spurs raced to a 9-0 lead with Wembanyama scoring six points. San Antonio opened the game going 4 for 6 on 3-pointers.

“He’s definitely somebody that you’ve got to think twice before you get to the paint because he’s so tall,” Duarte said “But we took advantage just by being physical with him and make it tough for him.”

San Antonio stretched the lead to 18 points in the first quarter only to lose that lead 30 seconds into the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Dallas on Sunday.

Spurs: Host Memphis on Saturday.

Regular Season Series

SAC leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Spurs: 28.1%
Kings: 71.9%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 129 - 120
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 129 - 120
4th 0.0 (00:00) [Kings] REF-INITIATED REVIEW (REPLAY SUPPORTS CALL) 129 - 120
4th 0.0 Kevin Huerter makes layup (De'Aaron Fox assists) 129 - 120
4th 3.1 Victor Wembanyama makes two point shot 127 - 120

Statistics

https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/nba/500/sac.png&h=100&scale=crop&w=100&location=originSAC https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/nba/500/sa.png&h=100&scale=crop&w=100&location=originSA
46-85 FG 43-92
54.1 Field Goal % 46.7
18-42 3PT 15-36
42.9 Three Point % 41.7
19-24 FT 19-23
79.2 Free Throw % 82.6
42 Rebounds 42
4 Offensive Rebounds 6
38 Defensive Rebounds 36
31 Assists 33
10 Steals 7
2 Blocks 3
13 Turnovers 15
1 Team Turnovers 0
14 Total Turnovers 15
1 Technical Fouls 1
1 Total Technical Fouls 1
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
25 Points Off Turnovers 16
16 Fast Break Points 7
48 Points in Paint 48
22 Fouls 21
16 Largest Lead 18

Game Information

Frost Bank Center

Location: San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 18,354 · Capacity:

2023-24 Pacific Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
LA Clippers 36 17 .679 - W1
Phoenix 33 22 .600 4 W2
Sacramento 31 23 .574 5.5 W1
LA Lakers 30 26 .536 7.5 W3
Golden State 27 26 .509 9 W1

2023-24 Southwest Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
New Orleans - 22 W3 0.6 33
Dallas 1 23 W6 0.58181816 32
Houston 8.5 30 L1 0.44444445 24
Memphis 13.5 36 W2 0.35714287 20
San Antonio 22 44 L1 0.2 11
Full Standings

NBA News

Minnesota plays Milwaukee, looks for 5th straight victory

Minnesota plays Milwaukee, looks for 5th straight victory

Milwaukee Bucks (35-21, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (39-16, first in the Western Conference)

LeBron James sitting out against Warriors to rest sore left ankle

LeBron James sitting out against Warriors to rest sore left ankle

LeBron James has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against at the Golden State Warriors as he continues managing a left ankle injury, the Lakers announced Wednesday.

Knicks' Julius Randle (shoulder) progressing, doesn't rule out surgery

Knicks' Julius Randle (shoulder) progressing, doesn't rule out surgery

Knicks All-Star forward Julius Randle said Wednesday he is progressing in his recovery from a dislocated right shoulder but didn't rule out season-ending surgery.

Why Windhorst is 'significantly' concerned about Knicks' injuries

Why Windhorst is 'significantly' concerned about Knicks' injuries

Brian Windhorst explains why he's "significantly" worried the Knicks' injuries could derail their season.

Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry finally embraces playing for 76ers

Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry finally embraces playing for 76ers

Kyle Lowry didn't want to play for his hometown Sixers earlier in his career, but now he's "prepared to do it" and ready to do everything he can "to make this team and organization better."