RECAP: Sacramento Kings remain on roll, take down Celtics

By Field Level Media
February 3, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Tremont Waters (51) and Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph (9) fight for the loose ball during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and also had 11 assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 116-111 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Harrison Barnes added 24 points and rookie Tyrese Haliburton matched his season best of five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points off the bench for the Kings. Buddy Hield contributed 15 points and a season-high 11 rebounds as Sacramento won for the fifth time in the past six games.

Jayson Tatum recorded 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 21 for the Celtics, who have lost six of their past nine games. Tristan Thompson scored a season-high 17 points and collected 10 rebounds and Daniel Theis had 11 points.

Boston’s Kemba Walker (knee) was held out for rest on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Celtics shot 45.3 percent from the field and were 11 of 33 from 3-point range.

Sacramento connected on 45.7 percent of its shots, including 13 of 37 from behind the arc.

A three-point play by Richaun Holmes and a layup by Fox gave the Kings a 110-105 lead with 1:32 left. But just 26 seconds later, it was a one-point game after Tatum converted a three-point play to move Boston within 112-111.

Fox drilled a free-throw line jumper to make it a three-point margin with 52.8 seconds remaining and Boston didn’t score again. Tatum missed a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left before Hield put the game away with two free throws with 0.6 seconds left.

Fox scored a basket just before the end of the first half to give the Kings a 52-51 lead.

Boston used a 19-4 burst to hold a 74-63 advantage after Brown’s 3-pointer with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter.

The Kings answered with a 16-5 surge to tie the score at 79 on Hassan Whiteside’s inside hoop with 43.4 seconds to go.

The Celtics held an 82-81 edge entering the fourth quarter before Sacramento moved ahead 89-85 on Whiteside’s tip-in with 9:15 left.

Boston tallied the next nine points with Robert Williams III scoring two baskets during the stretch as the Celtics led 94-89 with 6:39 remaining.

Sacramento recovered with a 11-3 spurt and took a 100-97 lead on Fox’s 3-pointer with 4:23 left. Theis scored Boston’s next three points — a layup and later 1 of 2 free throws — to knot the score with 3:26 left.

–Field Level Media