Although Sacramento Kings failed to hold on to their lead against Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, their shooting guard Buddy Hield has just hit a remarkable milestone in his NBA career, surpassing Steph Curry to clock the fastest 1000 3-pointers, with the final seven to hit the 1k mark in their 126-127 loss against the Hornets.
Hield hits 1K 3-pointers in his 350th game for Kings
Hield, who is on his fifth season with the Kings, has marked his 100th three-pointer on his 350th game for Dave Joerger and the company, with five threes along with 17 points coming in the first quarter alone, which became a duel for the Bahamian against Hornets stalwart PJ Washington.
Washington, who brought his side back into the game in the second half, before concluding the night with the highest score on display, landing 42 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.
The 28-year-old, who had to be benched after twisting his ankle and leaving the match for some time towards the end, finished Sunday night’s game at Golden 1 Center with a season high 30 points, 2 rebounds, and 7 assists across 39 minutes of total play.
Curry had the previous record at 369 games, which he held for six years since achieving the feat in January 2015, on his sixth season with the Golden State Warriors. Curry’s teammate Klay Thompson is currently the third fastest to hit the 1000 mark, taking 372 games. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard follows up at 385 games.
Hield is currently averaging 15.9 points, 15.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 34 games this season, as well as clocking 36.9% 3-point field goals percentage.
A 2016 first round draft pick for the New Orleans Pelicans, Hield was traded to Sacramento in February 2017 along with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and 2017 first round and second round draft picks. Three days later after joining Kings, he made his debut for the franchise against Denver Nuggets, scoring 16 points off the bench.
Having been edged out by the visitors, the Kings succumbed to their 10th loss in their past 11 matches, marking their 21st defeat this season, and have dropped to 13th place in the Western Conference.
“It hurts, we had the game where we needed and it came down to us getting to the free throw line,” De’Aaron Fox, who posted a double-double with 20 points and 14 assists, said after Sunday’s loss, “we missed and they made some big plays.”
Kings have their upcoming fixture on Wednesday when they will host Los Angeles Lakers.