Taking advantage of his first invitation to the 3-Point Contest at NBA All-Star weekend, Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield put on a show on Saturday in Charlotte.
Hield crushed it in the first round, scoring 26 points to advance. He joined Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris and Warriors superstar Stephen Curry in the finals.
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After watching Harris go for 26 to open the final round, Hield struggled early. He cleaned up in the final rack, but his 19 points weren’t nearly enough to come away with the win.
Curry made his first nine to open his final round, but he went cold from the top of the key. He needed five makes on the final rack to force another round, but the two-time MVP only hit four
With the win, Harris became the first Nets player in team history to win the 3-point contest. Hield came in third place, but represented Sacramento well in his first visit to the event.
Messed around and got burned...
Speed kills, but in the Skills Challenge, the 3-point shot is just as important as every other skill.
Matched up against Hawks rookie Trae Young in the first round, Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox raced through the course like a dart. He flew through the dribbling portion, had no problems with the pass or the lay-up.
Fox’s lead seemed insurmountable.
After missing his first 3-point attempt, Fox released a second shot which was on line. But Young sent a laser from deep, which flew past Fox’s second attempt hit pay dirt first.
Young looked like was going to walk away with the Skills Challenge trophy in the finals, but Boston’s Jayson Tatum chucked a half-court shot to stun the crowd and steal the hardware.