De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk torch Clippers in Kings' historic double OT win

Fox, Monk torch Clippers in Kings' historic double OT win originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Talk about a historic outing, in more ways than one.

In the Kings' 176-175 double overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday at Arena on the second night of a back-to-back, it's only right that De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk led the way for Sacramento in the second-highest scoring game in NBA history.

"I'm happy we got the win -- I don't care what I did," Monk said to Kyle Draper and Kenny Thomas on "Kings Postgame Live." "I'm just happy we pulled out with the win."

After shaking off a slow start to beat the Portland Trail Blazers the night prior, the Kings (34-25) seemingly left their defense at Golden 1 Center as they took on the Clippers (33-29) in what simply could be described as a track meet of a game.

Monk scored a career-high 45 points off the bench for the Kings, while Fox dropped in 42 of his own. In doing so, the duo became the first pair of teammates in Kings franchise history to score 40 or more points in the same game.

"It's lovely man, it feels just like we're in college again and it's just fun," Monk added. "Everyone feeds off of us and we're playing the right way.

"It's not like we're shooting bad shots, we're getting everybody involved and it's fun basketball."

The 25-year-old Monk rounded out his night with six assists and six made 3-pointers. Monk joined Jamal Crawford as the only players in NBA history to accrue those numbers off the bench.

Meanwhile, Fox scored 26 of his 42 points, including 15 points in the fourth quarter and the two overtime periods combined. He rounded out his night with 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals in 45:02 of grueling action.

In what could be a precursor to the NBA playoffs, Monk said that Kings coach Mike Brown prepared the team for what they possibly could expect against a retooled Clippers squad, especially as the teams exchanged buckets late.

"Coach said it was going to be a playoff atmosphere and I've never been to the playoffs so I just wanted to take advantage of all this and it was crazy," Monk continued. "The Clippers fans were crazy, the Clippers are a great team because they go deep in the playoffs and we're trying to get there so it was a great game."

The Kings' 176 points are a franchise record and the 351 combined points scored by both teams are second only to the 370 points scored in the Detroit Pistons' 186-184 win over the Denver Nuggets in 1983.

Both teams also shot lights out from beyond the arc, with the Kings hitting 43.9 percent of their attempts (18-of-41) while the Clippers hit an incendiary 57.8 percent from 3-point land (26-of-45). In all, the 44 combined made 3-pointers are tied for the most 3-pointers made in NBA history.

"We got to get some stops man, play some more defense," Monk joked to Draper and Thomas regarding the high-scoring night. "That's all that's saying."

Not to be lost in all the talk of historic moments is Russell Westbrook's debut for the Clippers. After spending the last season-and-a-half with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers signed the former NBA MVP after he was bought out by the Utah Jazz.

And despite Los Angeles adding a player of Westbrook's caliber and the rest of the Western Conference improving, Fox and Monk are not focused on other teams -- just themselves.

"I don't give a f--k who's over there -- it doesn't matter," Fox said postgame. "You see the talent in this league, there are a lot of talented teams. Obviously, he added talent to this team but we come in and we worry about us."

In all, despite the nature with which the Kings got the win, Monk said he was tired of hearing people doubt the Kings and their ability.

"Man, they're always doubting us and I don't like that," Monk continued. "So I kind of took that personally on myself to come out here and just play hard and I think my teammates follow right behind me and so it was a great win."

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As the Kings create separation from the Clippers and other lower-seeded Western Conference teams, Sacramento will need to play some semblance of defense if they want to get to where they want to be at the end of the season.

However, Friday night proved that when everything falls into place for the Kings, they can put up historic numbers on any given night. Just ask Monk and Fox.