Undoubtedly, the Houston Rockets are one of the top offensive teams in the Western Conference with a number of players who can generate instant offense. In their recent struggles, they haven’t shot the ball as well as they are accustomed to but tonight against Sacramento, they would be simply remarkable. Houston stormed out the gates with a 42-point first quarter performance including 8 of 9 from three-point range within the first 10 minutes. Ryan Anderson went 5 of 5 from beyond the arc to help the Rockets build a 15-point lead. Fortunately, the Buddy Hield Houston Rockets Highlights started strong with 10 first quarter points including 9 in the first five minutes. But then Hield went into a shooting slump, connecting on just 1 of 7 from three-point range and 4 of 15 from the field. Buddy tried to shoot out of the slump but it simply would not happen. Instead he shifted his focus to helping the team in other ways by contributing 3 assists, 5 rebounds and a blocked shot. His assist of the night came off a drive to the basket and dish to Willie Cauley-Stein who put down the two-handed dunk late in the first quarter.
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After scoring just 27 points in the first quarter, the Kings would come back offensively with a 35-point performance in the second quarter and be down at halftime 78-62. Not only did Buddy struggle offensively but he was also tasked with the duty of defending against James Harden for most of the game. Harden had an amazing game finishing with 35 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists and a steal. Harden notched his 21st triple-double of the season, second to Russell Westbrook who registered his record setting 42nd triple-double of the season against the Denver Nuggets. His performance broke the previous record held by Oscar Robertson which held for 55 years during periods of extremely talented NBA players. Despite an amazing game by James Harden, he did still manage to commit 10 turnovers and essentially registered a quadruple-double in the most regrettable way in basketball with 3 positive stats and a negative one.
After being down by as much as 20 points in the second quarter, the Kings clawed their way back into the game defensively shutting down the Rockets who went scoreless for almost 5 minutes in third quarter. With 4:39 remaining in the third, the Kings were down 88-82 and then the Rockets pulled it together offensively to push the lead back to double-digits. They would further extend the lead to 22 points into the fourth quarter before the Kings made it into a contest towards the end pulling to within 11 points with 3 minutes remaining. Head Coach Mike D’Antoni did not take any chances of a repeat of the infamous Clippers collapse where the Kings came back from 18 points down with 5 minutes in regulation by keeping his top players in the game until it was over. The Sacramento Kings never quit and played until the final buzzer losing 135-128 to the Houston Rockets. After a tough shooting half for Hield, Head Coach Dave Joerger gave him extended rest which eliminated the chance of more Buddy Hield Houston Rockets Highlights.
For the Kings, Skal Labissiere was the player of the game with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals followed by Ty Lawson who had 20 points, 11 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal in the starting rotation in place of Darren Collison. Willie Cauley-Stein had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot. On the Rockets side of the ball, Ryan Anderson was equally as dynamic as Harden with 21 points and a rebound on 7 of 9 from the field and 6 of 8 from three-point range. The Rockets are already playoff-bound and have secured the third seed in the Western Conference, and are scheduled to meet Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. As for the Kings, they will look towards the NBA Draft to build on this year’s momentum and come back strong. Next year, the Buddy Hield Houston Rockets highlights should be a lot more interesting given that the Kings have two 1st round draft selections.
Key Statistics: Both reserve squads played well with the Kings outscoring the Rockets 42-40. The Kings had 8 steals compared to just 3 for Sacramento which was huge in the turnover category. Normally, Sacramento commits more turnovers than the opposing team but tonight it would be the Rockets who committed 18 turnovers compared to just 5 for the Kings. This difference generated 23 points off turnovers for the Kings squad. Rockets won the rebounding category 41-38. The Kings shot 47 of 94 (50%) from the field and a mere 9 of 31 (29%) from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Rockets shot 45 of 80 (56.3%) from the field and hit a blistering 18 shots from downtown to finish 18 of 43 (41.9%). The Kings were able to run the ball a little outscoring the Rockets 25-11 aided by the huge turnover discrepancy. Up next, the Kings play their final home game of the season on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns at 10:30pm EST. Be sure to check out all the video clips below and share these Buddy Hield Houston Rockets Highlights to fellow Buddy Hield Fans in your social network!
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