Several games ago Sacramento Kings Head Coach Dave Joerger referred to Buddy Hield as the team’s “Unsung Hero”…once again Buddy would prove him right. Hield got off to a solid start scoring with 12 points by halftime but his play in the second half would help Sacramento come from a 16 point deficit in the third quarter to pulling off a 101 – 95 upset win on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers were without star center Joel Embiid who sat out his second consecutive game with a sore back. Ok so they didn’t have ‘The Process’ but the Kings surely gave them the result. Zach Randolph brought the inner Z-Bo to finish as the game’s leading scorer with 27 points as he completely manhandled the Sixers in the paint. They had no answer for the 36 year old vet who routinely took advantage of defenders with moves, side steps and lefty layups. With just under two minutes remaining in the game, Z-Bo was able to dominate Ben Simmons with an aggressive take in the paint (video below) which extended the Kings’ lead to 96-90.
The Unsung Hero Emerges
Buddy Hield checked in with under six minutes remaining in the first quarter and scored 5 points on three shot attempts. Hield would put up another 7 points in the second quarter against the tough defense of Sixers’ Robert Covington. In their previous meeting last month, Covington got the best of Hield scoring 24 points compared to just 8 points for Buddy. Every team has their own process, in that game we highlighted it as one where the young core continued to grow as Consistency Builds With Young Kings Players. Last night would be different as Hield put up an awesome stat line finishing with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals with a +/- rating of 14 on the NBA’s player impact chart. Hield has been consistent in his role coming off the bench and can easily be considered for 6th Man of The Year considerations at the end of the season. That definitely would go fine along with the title of Unsung Hero.
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Key Statistics: Sacramento hit 41 of 91 (45.1%) from the field including 7 of 27 (25.9%) from three-point range but sank just 12 of 23 from the free throw line (52.2%). Meanwhile, the Sixers shot 34 of 81 (42%) from the field including 10 of 35 (28.6%) from downtown and 17 of 24 (70.8%) from the charity stripe. Philly committed more turnovers with a 20-12 edge and won the rebound battle 60-55 after initially having a double digit rebound advantage early. Up next, the Kings face the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30pm 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 drains a deep 2 – Quarter #2
Buddy sinks a three-pointer after a big block from Frank Mason – Quarter #2
Kings take the lead with a Buddy 3 – Quarter #4
Buddy hits an acrobatic jumper – Quarter #4
Media Credit: NBA.com