The Sacramento Kings entered tonight’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks shorthanded with just 8 of the 15 roster players active, but it would be enough to get the job done. In his continuing effort to play his younger lineup, Head Coach Dave Joerger sat Anthony Tolliver, Kosta Koufos, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison and Aaron Afflalo. Offensively, the pace started slow with the Dallas Mavericks scoring just 17 first quarter points while the Kings managed 22 as both teams adjusted to lineup changes. The Mavericks were without several key players including Dirk Nowitzki, Seth Curry and Wesley Matthews but still managed to build a 38-36 halftime lead. The 36-point half for the Kings was well below their 50.3 average and included a 14-point abysmal second quarter. Despite this slow offensive start and 11 first-half turnovers, it would be the explosive play of Ben McLemore who scored 21 of his 22 points in the second half as the Kings’ leading scorer in a 98-87 victory. Buddy Hield would finish as the Kings’ second leading scorer with 16 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 3 assists including connecting on over 57% from three-point range. Hield hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc in 30 minutes of action with several shots featured on our Buddy Hield Dallas Mavericks Highlights below. Ben McLemore was absolutely on fire hitting all 5 of this three-point attempts.
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The 24 year old McLemore was the 7th selection by the Kings in the 2013 NBA Draft and will be a restricted free agent next season. The Kings will determine which direction they will go with the Kansas standout who will most likely test the free agency market but the Kings will have the “right of first refusal” to match any offer should another team try to lure him away. In four seasons with the Kings, his best would be his 2014-2015 where he averaged 12.1 points and started all 82 games. However, we are of the opinion that the Kings want more and could be one of the reasons why Buddy Hield was acquired. To improve offensively with Buddy’s scoring ability and to cover themselves in case McLemore bolts for a better offer elsewhere in the league. At 6’5, his aggressive playing style and the way he attacks the rim reminds you on occasion of Russell Westbrook, he possesses all the physical attributes to overpower most shooting guards in the league. Here is McLemore on a drive to the basket late in the third quarter where he finishes with an emphatic slam. He is featured along with our Buddy Hield Dallas Mavericks Highlights, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
The second half would be a completely different story as the Kings scored 62 points in the final 24 minutes to take the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter. Despite only 8 active players in the lineup, 6 of them scored in double-digits compared to just 3 for the Mavericks. The increased playing time for Kings’ rookie Georgios Papagiannis is paying off as the 19 year old native of Greece had another solid game with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and a blocked shot in 28 minutes off the bench. Starting center Willie Cauley-Stein recorded a career-high in rebounds with 16 which outmatched his previous high of 14 against the Pelicans last week. Buddy Hield has now improved his average against the Dallas Mavericks to 11.6 points per game with games of 16, 14 and 5 for the season. He did score 19 points in the preseason against Dallas while with the New Orleans Pelicans.
After a 31 point performance in a win on Sunday over the Milwaukee Bucks, Harrison Barnes finished with just 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting from the field. Nicolas Brussino led the Mavs with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assist and 2 steals. The Mavericks were without their 38-year-old German star, Dirk Nowitzki who was sidelined due to a sore Achilles tendon.
Key Statistics: The Kings bench won the scoring battle 38-36 led by McLemore and Papa G. The Kings have recorded 56 turnovers in their last 3 games combined including 18 against the Dallas Mavericks which converted into 20 points off turnovers. The Kings also won the rebounding edge with a 50-39 advantage. The Kings shot 36 of 80 (45%) from the field and 12 of 22 (54.5%) from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Mavs shot 32 of 80 (40%) from the field and 12 of 43 (27.9%) from beyond the arc. Up next, the Kings head across town to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at 10:30pm EST. Be sure to check out all the video clips below and share these Buddy Hield Dallas Mavericks Highlights to fellow Buddy Hield Fans in your social network!
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BUDDY HIELD DRAINS A 3 (Q1)
BUDDY HIELD SINKS TURNAROUND FADE (Q3)
BUDDY HIELD CONNECTS FROM 3 (Q4)
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