The National Basketball Association (NBA) regular season got in full swing as of this past Tuesday.
NBA sophomore Chavano “Buddy” Hield and the Sacramento Kings began their regular season journey this past Wednesday with a home-opener against James Harden and the visiting Houston Rockets.
Much like the the way they spoiled the Golden State Warriors’ ring night and championship banner unveiling this past Tuesday, the Rockets played spoiler as they quieted the Kings at the Golden 1 Center, 105-100. Hield, however, was the second leading scorer in an all-around effort for the Kings as they fought from behind for most of the contest. The second-year guard tallied 19 points on 47.1 percent shooting (8-for-17). He also shot 42.9 percent from deep (three-for-seven), collected five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Hield came alive in the third quarter, scoring a total of 10 points in the period. The Kings trailed 64-58 with five minutes and 43 seconds (5:43) left to go in the period. Hield, who only had two points before catching fire, drilled a step-back jumper to bring the Kings within four points to trail Houston, 64-60. The Rockets scored on the following possession to increase their lead, 66-60.
The Eight Mile Rock native followed that up with another step-back jumper to make it a 66-62 game. Seconds later Hield knocked down a three to pull the Kings within one point, trailing 66-65 with 4:19 left in the third. The Rockets briefly increased their lead, 68-65 before another three-point bucket was scored by Hield.
During the late rally by the Kings, Hield put in seven points, including a three-pointer to bring the Kings within three points with the Rockets leading 100-97, in the fourth quarter. However, the Rockets ultimately held the Kings in check.
Center, Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings’ effort with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Veteran guard, George Hill supplied 16 points, three boards and three assists, while Skal Labissiere added 12 points and 10 boards.
Harden totaled 27 points to go with nine assists while he received back-up from Eric Gordon, who added 25 points, grabbed four rebounds and registered three assists. Center Clint Capela added a monstrous 22 points and 17 rebounds in the Rockets’ win.
The Kings had yesterday off, but are on the road tonight and will face the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30p.m. on NBA League Pass.