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Hield's 3-point streak over, but Kings still happy with him

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Kings' Buddy Hield vs. Nuggets

SACRAMENTO -- The streak is over. 

Buddy Hield made a 3-pointer in 87 straight games coming into Saturday afternoon's game at Golden 1 Center. After shooting just 1-of-11 from the field against the Denver Nuggets, including 0-for-9 on 3-pointers, Hield's franchise-record -- and NBA-leading -- streak ended in a 119-114 win over Denver.

“Buddy is normally helping the group by being an elite knockdown shooter, and his shot was off tonight,” coach Luke Walton said in a postgame video conference. “So what did he do? He was selfless and he found other ways to help the team win. That’s a great sign for us as a group and for him as a player.”

Hield finished the game with five points, a team-high seven assists and four rebounds in 39 minutes of action. He took his last 3-pointer with 2:01 left in the fourth, but drew iron and spun out.

Despite the streak, Hield had struggled early in the year. He started to come around in January, knocking down 41.7 percent from long range, but his off night against the Nuggets will impact his numbers.

 

An elite 3-point shooter, Hield isn’t likely to go long before starting a new streak. He’ll have an opportunity against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday on the second night of a back-to-back. 

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The Kings lost to the Clippers by a combined of 57 points in the first two matchups this season. They’ll need a big game from Hield, and every other player that steps on the floor, if they hope to come away with a third straight loss this season to Ty Lue’s squad. 

Steph Curry holds the all-time record for most consecutive games with a 3-point makes at 157. Kyle Korver’s 127 is second and Klay Thompson’s streak of 95 is third. With Hield's streak over, Curry is the NBA's active leader and extended his streak to 85 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer.