De'Aaron Fox Apr 15, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter during game one of the 2023 NBA playoffs at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox spent the first five years of his NBA career in relative anonymity, playing for losing Sacramento Kings teams. But this season, things changed. Fox earned a trip to the All-Star game and the Kings reached the playoffs.

On Saturday night, Fox made his playoff debut. He made it in style.

The Kings and Golden State Warriors had an epic back-and-forth clash. When a game-tying three-point attempt from Steph Curry was off the mark, Sacramento came away with a 126-123 victory.

As would be expected, Fox was a huge reason why.

He finished with a game-high 38 points, adding five assists and three steals.

The 38 points were tied for the second-most in NBA history for a player making his playoff debut, trailing only Luka Dončić

And in the opening minutes of the game, there was nothing to suggest that he’d do that. The Warriors kept Fox in check through the first half, as he finished the first two quarters with only nine points. But as he’s done throughout the season, Fox got stronger as the game grew longer. He scored 14 in the third quarter, then 15 in the fourth, sparking Sacramento’s comeback.

NBA fans heaped praise on Fox in the aftermath of his fantastic Game 1 showing.

Fox and the Kings will be back at it on Monday night for Game 2 of the series. Before that, though, Fox got to thrill the Sacramento fans one more time on Saturday night, lighting the beam.

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