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RECAP: De’Aaron Fox helps Sacramento Kings hold off Los Angeles Clippers

Feb 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) blocks a shot against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox scored 10 of his 36 points in the final 5:16 to help the visiting Sacramento Kings hold off the Los Angeles Clippers 113-110 on Sunday afternoon.

Buddy Hield added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have won seven of their past eight games.

Tyrese Haliburton scored 13 points off the bench, Richaun Holmes had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes (12) and Marvin Bagley III (10) also reached double figures in rebounds for Sacramento.

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Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench for the Clippers, who have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Marcus Morris Sr. contributed 16 points off the bench and Reggie Jackson finished with 14 points for Los Angeles, which played without two starters.

Paul George missed his second straight game with a bone marrow edema in his right big toe, and Patrick Beverley missed his eighth straight game with a sore knee.

Leonard twice made baskets in the final 1:15 to pull the Clippers within one point, but Holmes scored on a dunk to push the lead back to 111-108 with 31 seconds remaining and Williams and Nicolas Batum missed game-tying 3-pointers on the other end.

The Clippers led by as many as seven in the second quarter before the Kings ended the first half on a 9-1 run to take a 54-51 lead into the break.

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Los Angeles scored the first four points of the second half to move back ahead, but the Kings didn’t trail for long.

Hield had missed 17 straight 3-pointers before making two in a row, followed by another long two-pointer, to give Sacramento its biggest lead through that point of the game, 69-62, with 6:32 left in the third quarter.

The Kings went ahead by as many as nine points with 4:18 left in the third, but Los Angeles charged back and took an 80-79 lead entering the fourth.

–Field Level Media