Kings’ Keegan Murray puts up fifth 20-point game of summer league

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Sacramento Kings rookie Keegan Murray continued a stellar run in summer league with another 20-point performance on Wednesday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Murray dropped a summer league-high 29 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in 34 minutes of action in the 86-80 loss. He went 9-of-17 from the field, including 2-of-7 from 3-point range, and got to the free-throw line 11 times.

The performance was his fifth game scoring at least 20 points between the California Classic and Las Vegas Summer League. The other 13 lottery picks have six combined 20-point games and only Bennedict Mathurin has multiple such outings, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Murray put an emphasis on driving to the basket more. He noticed that he settled some on Sunday in his second game after attempting 12 3-pointers. After a talk with assistant coach Doug Christie, he changed his approach and was more active in getting to the basket.

He has emerged as one of the standouts thus far in summer league.

The 21-year-old led all players in scoring in the California Classic (19.7 points per game) and is currently tied for fourth in that category (24 points) in Las Vegas. He has impressed on both ends and appears to be more comfortable each time he steps onto the court.

With two games left to play, it remains to be seen if the team will opt to sit Murray at all over that span but the fourth pick has proven to be one of the top rookies in such a short span. His play has to be encouraging for the team moving into the rest of the summer.

Sacramento plays next on Friday at 8 p.m. EDT.

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