Kings takeaways: What we learned in dramatic 127-123 loss to Warriors

Kings takeaways: What we learned in dramatic 127-123 loss to Warriors


SACRAMENTO -- For the first time this season, the Kings dropped their fourth consecutive contest. That fact was completely overshadowed by one of the most entertaining games of the NBA season.

The Kings went toe-to-toe against the reigning back-to-back NBA champions Saturday night and barely came up short. The Kings and the Warriors set an NBA record for 3-pointers made in a game, combining to hit 41 triples in a wild up-and-down contest.

In the end, the Warriors did just enough to escape with the 127-123 win at Golden 1 Center.  

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped below .500 at 19-20 on the season.

Record night

Buddy Hield went off. The Kings’ shooting guard found his shooting stroke early, and through three quarters, he was unstoppable. 

Buddy Buckets set a new career high in 3-pointers, knocking down eight shots from behind the arc on his way to 32 points. 

He disappeared in the fourth quarter, going scoreless in the final frame, but he still managed to add five rebounds and four assists.

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Action Jackson

Justin Jackson had a ballgame. The sophomore wing scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 5 of 7 from long range. 

Jackson was aggressive on both ends of the floor. He didn’t shy away from the moment and almost pushed his team over the top.

Willie Cauley-Stein quiets the critics

Cauley-Stein has drawn the ire of Kings fans for his inconsistent play of late, but against the Warriors, he was pretty spectacular. 

The 7-footer posted a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double night and added six assists in the loss. 

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Buddy Buckets. Buddy Fresh. Buddy Love. Just plain Buddy.

Buddy Hield has a clever name that goes with anything, and it matches his giant smile and flare for the dramatic.

But not everyone knows that Buddy isn’t the Kings' sharpshooter's real first name. Born Chavano Rainer Hield, the fourth-year guard has been known by "Buddy" since he was an infant.

The story of where he landed that nickname is funny, to say the least.

“Buddy, good question,” Hield answered on the Road Trippin’ Kings podcast with Doug Christie and De’Aaron Fox. “So, there’s a show called 'Married with Children...'”

Wait, pump the brakes. This can’t be going where I think it’s going.

“The character’s name was Bud Bundy and he was red and I was a red baby, so my mom’s neighbor, my cousin Carol, she was like, ‘Doesn’t he look like Bud?’,” Hield said.

Yes, the Buddy Hield origin story starts with "Married with Children" and Bud Bundy?

According to the former Oklahoma Sooner guard, there was a drug dealer in his neighborhood in the Bahamas named Bud who had just been ‘shot up,’ so the family added an extra "d" and a "y" and he’s been known as Buddy ever since.

While his mother still calls him Chavano when she gets upset with him, the name Buddy has stuck with him since he was two months old.

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Buddy's nickname clearly has a more unique origin story than Fox’s ‘Swipa the Fox’ moniker, which comes from the cartoon "Dora the Explorer."

Somewhere out there, actor David Faustino is about to have a new favorite NBA player.

Listen to Fox, Christie and Hield on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox isn't here for Fran Fraschilla's college basketball takes.

After Zion Williamson thanked the program in a video announcing his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, Fraschilla sent out a tweet noting how much he believed playing for Duke helped the phenom build his brand and profile.

Well, Fox didn't agree with the notion that Duke had a lot to do with boosting Zion's worth, and he threw some shade at Fraschilla in a NSFW tweet.

In fairness, both sides have a point to make.

A year ago, Williamson was a YouTube dunking sensation, but questions about his overall skill level remained. But during his lone season in the spotlight at Duke, Williamson showed he was more than just a highlight-reel dunker, and has all the skills necessary to be the No. 1 overall pick.

However, Williamson should've had the ability to go straight to the NBA out of high school if he wanted. He still would have been a top-10 pick, and a lucrative shoe contract would have followed shortly after his name was called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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We'll give the win to Swipa.