The new era of basketball has arrived in Sacramento with a lineup and rotation which featured NBA rookies and second year players. Three players with significant roles were given the night off to rest including Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos while Tyreke Evans was a late scratch with a sore ankle. It did not matter that four key players were missing if you watched the Buddy Hield Orlando Magic Highlights. Buddy shot 6 of 13 (46.2%) including connecting on 2 three-pointers to finish with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 31 minutes on the floor. The increased playing time is by design as Head Coach Dave Joerger wanted to get the younger players extended time on the floor. Slowly but surely Buddy Hield is looking more like the player people expected in this new system compared to the experiment in New Orleans.
The young squad made Cowbell Nation proud as fans throughout the stadium cheered in support despite seeing leads diminish in the second half. It seemed like every lead which the Kings built saw Orlando storm back to retake a lead of their own. Well it did…on six different occasions. But in the third quarter, Darren Collison would hit a 24-foot three point jumper on a dish from Buddy Hield to take a 74-73 lead for good. In recent games, the Kings found ways to squander games and big leads especially the heartbreaking loss to the Utah Jazz with the buzzer beater by Rudy Gobert. It seemed we would have a repeat of this with 58 seconds left in regulation, Aaron Gordon hit a deep three-pointer to make it just a point difference at 113-112. Tonight, the Kings would close in grand fashion as Buddy Hield would make what would essentially be a game-winning layup to go up 118-112 with just 27 seconds left in the game.
SHOP BUDDY HIELD GEAR!
Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield connected on a beautiful play as Buddy’s dribble drive and beautiful lead pass lead to a cutting dunk late in the second quarter. In our previous game, we highlighted the strong play of Skal Labissiere who put on another solid performance with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in just 20 minutes of playing time.
Sacramento had 7 players in double figures compared to just 4 for the visiting Orlando Magic. It was the kind of scoring balance one could only dream of as the team shot well hitting 44 shots on just 24 assists. The Magic were led by Nikola Vucevic who had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks and hit 3 of 3 (100%) from three-point range. Evan Fournier had 21 points, 5 rebounds and a steal while Elfrid Payton had a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. Payton becomes the Magic’s franchise leader in triple-doubles ahead of former all star Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway.
Both teams are basically out of playoff contention and have shifted towards getting increased playing time for the younger players on their squad. The Buddy Hield Orlando Magic Highlights were further confirmation that Hield is in a good spot for the future.
Key Statistics: The Kings bench outscored the Magic 41-33. Rebounds were basically even with the Magic winning that battle 44-40. The Kings shot 44 of 82 (53.7%) from the field and 16 of 30 (53.3%) from three-point range while the Magic 45 of 97 (46.4%) and 13 of 34 (38.2%) from three-point range. Up next, the Kings go on a 3 game road trip to Phoenix on Wednesday at 10pm and then on to Saturday to face the Oklahoma City Thunder and finally on Sunday to face the San Antonio Spurs.
Watch Buddy Hield Orlando Magic Highlights below:-
BUDDY HIELD HITS STEP BACK J (Q1)
BUDDY HIELD SINKS DRIVING LAYUP (Q3)
BUDDY HIELD NAILS A THREE (Q3)
BUDDY HIELD HITS LAYUP (Q4)