By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer
After an 0-4 start, the Sacramento Kings have remarkably turned their fortunes to post a 9-6 record as of Nov. 21.
Sacramento has won nine of its last 11 games, including a six-game winning streak. It’s the team’s first six-game win streak since one spanning Jan. 11-20, 2005.
The Kings also have won six straight home games at Golden 1 Center for the first time since the 2019-20 season. Sacramento went 4-0 during its recent homestand, marking the Kings’ first undefeated homestand of four games or longer since the 2009-10 season.
The Kings have scored 120 points or more in six straight games. It’s the seventh time in franchise history the team has scored 120-plus points in six consecutive contests and first since the 1969-70 season.
The Kings beat the visiting Detroit Pistons 139-127 Nov. 20 to keep the winning streak intact. Sacramento is one of the hottest offensive teams in the NBA but is still a little bit erratic on defense.
“I think it’s always exciting to go on a win streak and especially to do it at home,” said point guard De’Aaron Fox. “If we’re on the road, we probably don’t even win that game, especially with the way that we were defensively.”
Fox was named the Western Conference player of the week after leading the Kings to a 3-0 record Nov. 14-20, the NBA announced the day after the win against the Pistons.
Fox averaged 25.0 points, (60% field goal shooting, 41.7% 3-point shooting, 88.9% free-throw shooting), 3.7 rebounds, and 8.0 assists throughout the week. Fox earned the honor for the third time in his career and first this season.
He is the third player in franchise history to earn three or more player of the week awards, trailing only Chris Webber (seven) and DeMarcus Cousins (five).
Throughout the undefeated stretch, Fox has averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 31.7 minutes per game. In total, the former Kentucky Wildcat made 56 field goals, tied for seventh in the NBA and fourth among guards, and scored 147 points, which ranked 12th among all players’ last six games.
In the Kings’ victory against Detroit, Fox tallied 33 points, shooting 11 of 18. His fifth 30-point game this season made him the seventh player in franchise history with five or more 30-point outings through his team’s first 15 games. He also recorded seven assists and four rebounds, and made all nine of his free throws. The fifth-year guard as of Nov. 22 is averaging 25.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 32.2 minutes while starting 14 games for the Kings this season.
The Kings as of Nov. 21 are fifth in the NBA’s crowded Western Conference behind – from the top – Utah, Phoenix, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers. But Sacramento is just one game out of the top spot.
The Kings are on a three-game trip that starts against the Memphis Grizzlies followed by stops in Atlanta and Boston. The team returns home Monday, Nov. 28, to play the Phoenix Suns and the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
“I think with us, just staying present. I think we know what it’s like now – where things are clicking on all cylinders, offensively, defensively,” said forward Harrison Barnes, who scored 27 points against the Pistons. “I think now it’s just trying to find consistency and just keep those stretches going. I think offensively, we’re a little bit further right now than we are defensively, but I think just trying to find ways to just get better.”