Every once in a while, the Sacramento Kings get a roll to go their way. That was the case Sunday as Marcus Smart’s buzzer-beating floater sat on the rim for an eternity, before falling out.
Golden 1 Center went crazy as the Kings stunned the Boston Celtics by a final of 100-99.
Buddy Hield starred in the game, but it was a rebound and a pair of free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining from big man Richaun Holmes that set up the final dramatic play.
On the final possession for Boston, the Kings stopped Kemba Walker on a drive. He found Smart at the elbow and the Celtic’s guard made a break for the rim. In a rare moment of luck for the home team, the shot didn’t fall and the fans exploded with cheers.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings shocked the best team in the Eastern Conference to improve to 5-7 on the season.
Buddy came to play
The Kings leading scorer didn’t disappoint during Sunday’s matinee. Needing a boost in a tough defensive matchup, Hield got hot from behind the arc to help keep his team in the game throughout the night.
Hield dropped in 16 points in the first half, backed that up with 11 in the third quarter to give him 27 heading into the fourth.
Boston made a concerted effort to limit him in the final frame, but Hield still finished with a game-high 35 points on 7-of-12 shooting from long range. He also grabbed six rebounds and picked up four steals in 38 minutes of action.
Set em’ up, knock em’ down
Bogdan Bogdanovic created for others early, matching his season-high of 10 assists. Once his teammates were properly fed, he went to work on his own game.
After scoring just two points through three quarters, Bogdanovic hit the Celtics for 10 in the deciding fourth quarter.
Bogdanovic has a really good feel for the game. He seems to know what his team needs every game and then fills the void.
You gotta Bjelica
Where would the Kings be without Nemanja Bjelica?
There were questions coming into the season whether Bjelica would be in the Kings’ rotation. 12 games into the season, he’s one of the team’s most valuable players.
Against Boston, Bjelica notched his second double-double of the season, finishing the night with 12 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and a block.
He’s not going to win any footraces and there are times when he struggles on the defensive end, but the 31-year-old sharpshooter continues to give Luke Walton’s club solid minutes.