Kentucky NBA roundup: De’Aaron Fox hits game winner for Sacramento Kings

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There were 27 former Kentucky players on NBA rosters to start the 2017-18 season. SEC Country catches you up twice per week on how former Wildcats are faring. 

De’Aaron Fox hits the game winner

De’Aaron Fox’s performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night wasn’t going well. The Sacramento Kings point guard was just 3 of 13 off the bench. That is, until the final seconds of the game.

With the Kings down 108-107, the ball was in the rookie’s hands with 15 seconds left. Fox swished a 19-foot jumper to give the Kings a 109-108 lead that stood as they got a stop on the 76ers’ final possession.

Fox also had 7 assists and 5 rebounds. The former Kentucky star is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 assists in his first 11 NBA games. The Kings, 3-8 on the year, have won back-to-back games.

Here’s Fox’s interview after the game.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings

Cauley-Stein aided the Kings’ effort. The 7-foot center scored 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting Thursday night. He added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in his team’s win. He’s averaging 9 points and 6 rebounds for the season.

John Wall, Washington Wizards

Washington’s star point guard filled the stat sheet Thursday night: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. The Wizards beat the Lakers 111-95 to improve to 6-5. Wall was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. He’s averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds this season.

He had a monster left-handed hammer over Lakers big man Brook Lopez.

Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

Randle was solid for the Lakers off the bench in the loss to Wall’s Wizards. He had 11 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Lakers fell to 5-7.

DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans

It’s been the Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins show for New Orleans, but Jrue Holiday joined the party on Thursday with 34 points. But as for the Kentucky big men, Cousins had the more impressive stat line despite not shooting well (8 of 24 from the field). He finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Cousins was just 2 of 10 from 3-point range. Davis had 18 points and 7 rebounds. The Pelicans lost to the Raptors 122-118 to fall to 6-6.

Kentucky players in the NBA: Stats through 11/9

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