After a 0-5 win-loss start to the young NBA season in October, the Sacramento Kings have started off the month of November on a winning note winning two straight games. They won the second game against the New York Knicks 113-92 last night at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA.
Bahamian and Kings starting shooting guard Chavano “Buddy” Hield scored 22 points in 31 minutes of play. He and teammate De’Aaron Fox combined for 46 points as the backcourt duo were too much for the Knicks.
Hield had a plus-minus rating of plus-26 as he scored five triples in 11 attempts. He went 8-of-16 from the field to hit the 50 percent mark.
For the Kings, they got off to a hot start in the first quarter, taking a nine-point lead to end the quarter at 32-23.
They continued their assault in the second quarter as they outscored the Knicks 29-18 to take a comfortable 61-41 lead heading into the second half.
Marcus Morris scored 28 points to lead the Knicks in the loss.
Hield also had four rebounds and one assist. On the defensive side of the ball, the Grand Bahama native swiped the ball once and swatted one shot.
The second half saw the Kings cruising to the homes stretch as the starters for valuable rest. They went up by 32 points in the third quarter. They were outscored in the fourth quarter as the game was a foregone conclusion.
As a team the Kings connected on 15 three-pointers as they shot 38.5 percent from three-point territory. They out rebounded the Knicks 49-39.
In their first game in November on Saturday night against the Utah Jazz, the Kings won in a close 102-101 victory.
The Bahamian finished with 18 points and came up blank from three-point territory. He shot 9-of-16 from the field.
The Kings went up 28-18 at the end of the first quarter. The Jazz roared back and closed the gap on the Kings as the game went into the half at 51-48.
The game remained close in the second half but the Kings won the game in the waning seconds as forward Harrison Barnes got a rebound and put the ball in the hoop for the win.
On the season, Hield is averaging 17.1 points per game to go with 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
He has connected on 24 three-pointers and shot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. He is shooting 40.5 percent from the field.
The sixth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft had his a slump on offense but is back on the right path as he continues to help his team get to the playoffs.
This game was the start of a three-game road trip that include. The next stop will be in Toronto, Canada, where they will take on the defending NBA Champions, the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Their final stop in the three-game road trip will be in Atlanta, Georgia where they will play the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
The Kings are looking to improve from last season’s 39-43 record and one spot away from playoffs in ninth position in the Western Conference.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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