Fox scores 30, Haliburton has 28 as Kings beat Cavs 119-105

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CLEVELAND — De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points, Tyrese Haliburton had a career-high 28 and the Sacramento Kings completed their longest road trip of the season with a 119-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

Buddy Hield added 19 points and Richaun Holmes had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings, who went 3-3 on their 10-day trip. Harrison Barnes made a late run at a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

JaVale McGee paced the Cavaliers with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Collin Sexton had 15 points and seven assists. Cleveland, playing its third home game in four days, trailed for the final 25 minutes and has lost six of eight.

The Kings seized control with a 23-9 run to open the third quarter, fueled by 11 points from Fox, to push their lead to 86-68. Haliburton followed with 14 points in the fourth when Sacramento went up by 19.

Haliburton, the No. 12 pick, is averaging 15.0 points and 4.0 assists since moving into the starting lineup four games ago. He shot 11 of 15, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and made both free throws in 36 minutes.

The Cavaliers may have a different look when they return to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on April 1. Center Andre Drummond and backup McGee could be dealt before the NBA trade deadline Thursday.

Haliburton and Fox each had 14 points in the first half as the Kings held a 63-59 advantage. There were 15 lead changes and 10 ties with the clubs combining to make 51 of 97 shots.

Sacramento led 36-35 after a free-wheeling first quarter. Haliburton scored 10 points, while McGee had eight off the bench for the Cavaliers.

The Kings made their first trip to Cleveland since Dec. 7, 2018, and played the Cavaliers for the first time since April 4, 2019.

TIP-INS

Kings: F Marvin Bagley III (left hand fracture) missed his fourth straight game and will be sidelined until at least mid-April. “We need to keep the mentality of getting to the rim,” Walton said. “Losing Marvin and his skill-set definitely hurts that.” … C Chimezie Metu (right wrist fracture) and rookie G Jahmi’us Ramsey (right hamstring strain) were inactive. … Both Sacramento games against Cleveland in 2019-20 were cancelled .

Cavaliers: G Matthew Dellavedova (appendectomy) was downgraded from questionable to out after taking part in back-to-back practices, further delaying his season debut. … F Kevin Love (right calf soreness) and F Taurean Prince (left shoulder sprain) remain unavailable. … G Quinn Cook signed a second 10-day contract before the game. … Two-way G Brodric Thomas finished third in the G League Rookie of the Year voting.

MEMORY LANE

Kings coach Luke Walton wrapped up his playing career with the Cavaliers, appearing in 71 games from 2011-13. He also became engaged to his now-wife Bre during his stay. “I had a great time in Cleveland,” Walton said. “The city is great. The fans are great. And I got the chance to play with a young Kyrie (Irving) and a young Tristan (Thompson). We didn’t win a ton, but we had a good time.”

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Atlanta on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Visit Chicago on Wednesday. The longtime Central Division rivals will play all three of their matchups in a 27-day span.

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Brian Dulik, The Associated Press