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Fox’s putback slam in closing seconds hands Kings first win in Miami since 2001

De'Aaron Fox's dunk gives the Kings their first win at Miami since 2001

Sacramento Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox’s putback dunk with 3.3 seconds to play was the game-winner against Miami Heat Thursday, January 25 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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Sacramento Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox’s putback dunk with 3.3 seconds to play was the game-winner against Miami Heat Thursday, January 25 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

De’Aaron Fox’s putback dunk with 3.3 seconds to play was the game-winner as the Kings knocked off the Miami Heat 89-88 on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Fox swooped in to grab a missed shot by Bogdan Bogdanovic for the game-winning slam to cap an 18-5 run that delivered the Kings’ first win in Miami since 2001, ending a 15-game losing streak in South Beach.

Buddy Hield led the Kings (15-33) with 24 points. It was Sacramento’s second consecutive win. Fox finished with 14 points and four assists.

Goran Dragic led Miami (27-21) with 23 points. Wayne Ellington had 20 points off the bench for the Heat.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Defensive intensity

When the Kings needed to buckle down and get stops, Fox was in the middle of the action, including a key late steal on Dragic.

He was low in his defensive stance and was extremely aggressive, showing the kind of play the Kings saw when they drafted him at No. 5 overall, believing he could be a great two-way player.

Cooled off

It would have been a surprise if Garrett Temple followed his career-high 34 points with another big scoring game. He had just five points and shot 1 of 7 Thursday.

Temple had to play a lot of point guard again as the Kings only had one true point guard available. Fox started, but George Hill was out on a scheduled night off.

Temple played just 18 minutes.

Strides by Jackson?

In his limited playing time, Justin Jackson looked as comfortable as he’s been in some time. He started the game and had six points in the first quarter. He finished with eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. Jackson also blocked a shot.

It was the most points Jackson had scored since Dec. 26 (nine points).

It’s been a rough shooting season for Jackson, who entered the game shooting 38.1 percent. He made 4 of 5 shots Thursday.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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