NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Boston 26 25 31 29 111
Sacramento 22 30 29 35 116
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , February 3, 2021
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

With Kings next, Celtics hope Kemba Walker will be available

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Celtics at Sacramento Kings

  1. Boston is 19-6 against the Kings since the start of the 2007-08 season, though the teams split their two meetings last season, with the home team winning each game. The Celtics have been better against just one team over that same span, going 20-4 against the Timberwolves.
  2. The Celtics were 13-for-34 from three-point range in their 111-107 win at Golden State on Tuesday. Boston is 8-0 this season when making at least 13 three-pointers compared to 3-8 when not.
  3. Jayson Tatum's 27 points in Boston's win over the Warriors on Monday marked the 10th time he's hit the 25-point mark this season. Tatum and Jaylen Brown (12) are one of three pairs of teammates with at least 10 25-point games this season (Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard).
  4. The Kings have won four of their last five games after a 5-10 start to the season. Prior to this run, the Kings allowed opponents an NBA-high 50.1 percent shooting rate. They've held opponents to 42.7 percent shooting in the last five games, second best in the NBA since January 22 (Rockets -- 42.1).
  5. De'Aaron Fox's 38 points against New Orleans on Monday gave him his first pair of consecutive 30-point games in his career. Only one other Kings player has put together consecutive games of at least 30 points in the last decade: DeMarcus Cousins, who did so 17 different times.
  6. Sacramento's Richaun Holmes has made an NBA-high 74.0 percent of his two-point jump shots this season, over 10.0 percent better than anybody else, with Daniel Theis ranking third in that department at 60.6 percent (min. 25 FGA).

Boston guard Kemba Walker played a season-high 31 minutes on Tuesday night, and he might be dressed in street clothes when the Celtics visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Walker hasn't played on consecutive nights this season, but coach Brad Stevens didn't rule out the possibility after Boston's 111-107 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. The win came in the opener of the Celtics' five-game western swing.

Of course, Walker's availability will depend on how his troublesome left knee is feeling. Trainers will surely examine him closely to see if the knee looks ready for a second straight night of pounding on the court.

Walker has played in just seven games this season and is still rounding into form while averaging 15 points per game.

Walker scored 19 against Golden State but hit just 6 of 18 field-goal attempts. Still, that was an improvement from his awful 1-of-12 effort while scoring a season-low four points Saturday in the Celtics' 96-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

So naturally, Walker felt he took a welcome step forward.

"After tough ones, you have to bounce back," Walker said. "I'm not perfect. I wish I was. I just want to do what I can to help us win."

Stevens saw the look on Walker's face prior to the Tuesday game and sensed he was ready to rebound from the Saturday showing.

"You could tell he was waiting for another chance to play," Stevens said. "I thought he did a good job. ... I'm sure he would say he would have liked to have shot it better, but I think he looked good."

It was a much-needed win after Boston dropped five of its previous seven contests.

The Celtics' Jayson Tatum recorded 27 points and nine rebounds against the Warriors. Fellow star Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, just shy of his 11th consecutive 20-point outing.

Boston, on the latter end of the back-to-back, will have to contend with the speed of dynamic Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox.

Fox poured in 38 points Monday during Sacramento's 118-109 comeback road victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The rising star took over the game with a 3-pointer with 7:07 left to begin a stretch in which he scored 17 straight Sacramento points over a span of 6:34.

The explosive effort marked Fox's second-highest outing of the season and raised his scoring average to 22.1.

"Just trying to do whatever it takes to put us on top, and sometimes it's hitting another gear in the fourth (quarter)," Fox said. "When it's time to make plays, you've got to be ready."

Fox outscored New Orleans all by himself in the final quarter as the Kings finished with a 31-15 flurry to post their fourth win in five games.

Fox is averaging 28.3 points and 8.4 assists over the past seven games. He logged 12 assists against the Pelicans, one shy of his season high.

"I think he's proven he's taken that next step," Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton said of Fox. "He's been an All-Star this year."

Harrison Barnes scored 24 points against New Orleans and big man Richaun Holmes added 17 points and 10 rebounds and had a career-best six blocked shots for the third time this season.

Sacramento will play seven of its next eight games at home. The lone road outing is a short plane flight to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Sunday.

Boston has won eight of its past 10 meetings with Sacramento.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 3, 2021

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