Former head coach Earl Watson’s early season firing was all the motivation the Phoenix Suns needed to pull off a must win game against the Sacramento Kings. Well it was either that or fall to 0-3 in front of an optimistic home crowd at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix Arizona. It was still unclear exactly which Suns team would show up especially after losing two previous games by 42 and 48 points. Under newly appointed interim coach Jay Triano, the Suns shot out the gate and never looked back building an early 22-point lead in the first quarter and connecting on seventy-five percent of their shots from the field. All of this without sharpshooting Eric Bledsoe who was essentially sent home for the night after tweeting his disinterest in playing for the Suns. The Kings, once again, were flat and at the mid way point in the first quarter, managed to scored just 4 points on their way to a 36-17 deficit.
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Buddy Hield had a frustrating first quarter, scoring just 4 points but more importantly unable to take advantages of several opportunities offensively. In fact, the entire first team offense had challenges putting up points and would eventually be replaced by a second team which achieved success and dug into the early Suns lead. In the second quarter, this unit scored 34 points but more importantly held the Suns to just 23 points cutting into their early lead. The bench would eventually contribute a whopping 78 points total to help the Kings tie the game with under a minute remaining in regulation.
After a sluggish first half, Buddy Hield came out with a vengeance, using his defense to create offense. Hield recorded a career-high night of steals with 5 in the third quarter and scored 10 points to help the Kings storm back. It was Buddy’s strong defensive effort which provided the spark to give Sacramento the opportunity to compete for a win. The Kings were led by reserve Garret Temple who scored a team high 23 points including 6 of 8 from three-point range as well as rookie sensation De’Aaron Fox who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
With Bogdan Bogdanovic able to finally play after a pre-season ankle injury, it improved the Kings’ scoring ability as Bogdan scored 12 points in just under 13 minutes off the bench. The keys to this team’s success is finding the right lineup rotations to develop consistency early and not fall behind in games.
Key Statistics: The Kings’ bench outscored the Suns 78-45. The Suns committed 21 turnovers which resulted in 27 points off turnovers. The Suns won the rebounding advantage 54-50 while the Kings won the offensive rebounds 13-6. Sacramento shot 43 of 99 (43.4%) from the field and 9 of 22 (40.9%) from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Suns shot 42 of 77 (54.5%) from the field and connected on 10 of 30 (33.3%) from distance. Up next, the Kings return home to play host to Demarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans for the first time after last year’s trade. Game time is Thursday night at 10:30pm EST. Be sure to check out the video clips below and share these Buddy Hield Highlights to fellow Buddy Hield Fans in your social network!
Buddy Hield Highlights below:
Buddy Hits a Layup – Quarter #3
Buddy Steal and Full Court Layup – Quarter #3
Buddy Steals and Lays It In – Quarter #3
Buddy Drains A Three – Quarter #3