Hield notches 35 in win over Celtics

Hield notches 35 in win over Celtics
Buddy Hield takes a shot over Jayson Tatum in Sacramento's 100-99 win over Boston

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Buddy Hield had his best game of the season for the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night in a 100-99 win over the Boston Celtics, snapping their 10-game win streak.

Hield exploded for 35 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists in 38 minutes of action.

Although Hield’s numbers are down a bit from last season, the 6’5” guard is averaging a serviceable 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

“Thank God we were able to pull off this win,” Hield said after the game. “We’ve got to stay locked in and stay focused and be ready for every challenge every night.

“We know what we’re doing. We’re going to try to take it one game at a time and we’ll be fine.”

Sacramento center Richaun Holmes made two decisive free throws with 13 seconds remaining to give the Kings their fifth win in seven games.

Hield’s three pointer with 1:52 left gave the Kings a 96-95 lead. Seconds later, Hield followed that three up with a fadeaway jumper, but Boston’s Daniel Theis quickly responded with a dunk to put the Celtics up 99-98 with 52 seconds remaining.

Holmes was later fouled while grabbing a rebound, which led to him shooting the free throws that put the Kings ahead by the final margin.

Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics in the loss with 18 points. Kemba Walker added 15 and Marcus Smart had nine assists.