Move over Steph Curry. Buddy Hield is coming through.
The Kings sharpshooter was feeling it in Sunday's game against the Charlotte Hornets at Golden 1 Center, and made history with his seventh 3-pointer of the game.
In the third quarter, Hield became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 3-pointers, hitting the mark in 350 games. Curry needed 369 games to get there.
Curry's Warriors teammate, Klay Thompson, hit his 1,000th 3-pointer in his 372nd game, while Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard needed 385 games.
“It’s humbling to be one of the guys that are first to a thousand,” Hield told reporters after the game. “Me being in college, watching guys like Steph and Ray Allen -- the greats.
“It’s a humbling experience, but if I would have shot the ball better earlier in the season, I probably would have been up there for sure, quicker. I’m grateful, I’m thankful. For a kid from the Bahamas to be able to get that milestone, it's a humbling experience. And I hope I keep inspiring in the Caribbean and around the world, especially international kids.”
Hield finished with eight 3-pointers on 15 attempts Sunday night and scored a team-high 30 points, but incredibly, it wasn't enough as the Kings stumbled in the final minutes and lost to the Hornets, 127-126.
Adding injury to insult, Hield twisted his ankle late in the game. The injury looked bad, but Hield managed to return to the game after spending a possession on the bench.
Hield isn't having a great season, but Sunday night, he looked like the player the Kings saw the last two years.
Unfortunately for the Kings, they couldn't reward Hield with the victory Sunday night.