The Rundown: Kings overcome SGA’s 43

Published December 15, 2023, 4:00 PMPolo Bustamante

De’Aaron Fox scored 41 points to outduel Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the Kings’ win over the Thunder.


Celtics 116, Cavaliers 107

Bulls 124, Heat 116

Timberwolves 119, Mavericks 101

Nuggets 124, Nets 101

Jazz 122, Trail Blazers 114

Kings 128, Thunder 123

Clippers 121. Warriors 113

What went down

It was a shootout between two of the hottest guards in the West as the Sacramento Kings led by De’Aaron Fox faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the way.

Fox came out as the winner of the game, scoring 41 points and dishing out seven assists. Gilgeous-Alexander finished with better numbers in the loss, notching 43 points and nine assists.

The Kings looked like they were on their way to an easy win, building a lead as high as 14 points early in the fourth period. Gilgeous-Alexander led the comeback run of the Thunder, getting to within two points with three minutes left in the game.

Fox ended the game with some big plays, scoring a bucket to answer the Thunder run and dishing out an assist to Keegan Murray for a clutch bucket that put the Kings up by six points with less than two minutes left in the game. That was enough of a cushion to hold off the Thunder.

Big-time baller

Fox and Gilgeous-Alexander put up the numbers today but James Harden has been putting up numbers all his career. Today, he hit a milestone, scoring his 25,000th point. He becomes one of 24 players to hit that scoring milestone.

Harden finished the game with 28 points, 15 assists, and more importantly, the W.

What he said

Anthony Edwards is not one to mince words. He’s a straight shooter on and off the court. During an interview for Complex’s show 360 with Speedy, he was asked if Michael Jordan could guard him. Ant’s reply: “Hell nah.”

Just to be clear, they were talking about nine-time All-Defensive Team member and 1998 Defensive Player of the Year Michael Jordan.

Did you see that?

The Boston Celtics are still undefeated at home. They’re the only team in the league with no home losses this season. 

Extra pass

The Celtics will try to keep their home record unblemished, this time against the Orlando Magic who are currently on a three-game winning streak.

In the last meeting, the Magic took down the Celtics convincingly, 113-96. In that game, the Celtics started out strong but crumbled in the end, allowing Orlando to score 36 fourth quarter points to pull away with the win.

Can the Celtics tighten up their defense against the upstart Magic? Or will the Magic continue their winning streak and hand the Celtics their first home loss of the season? Catch the game live on NBA League Pass at 7:30 AM.