1. January 27th @ Minnesota Timberwolves
It was just one day after the tragic passing of basketball icon Kobe Bryant, who was Hield’s basketball idol growing up. The Kings were visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Buddy Hield put on a Kobe like performance.
Hield finished the game shooting 14-24 from the field, a stellar 58.3 percent. The guard once again unleashed a bombardment of shots from behind the arc, hitting 9-of-14 of those shots. After playing 38 minutes, Hield finished with a new career-high 42 points.
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Led by Hield, the Kings would erase a 25 point deficit, including a 17-point hole with just under three minutes left in the game to win 133-129 in overtime.
Likely unaware at the time, Hield achieved one of the most intriguing statistical feats ever heading into the 4th quarter with his 22 points.
Throughout the past 20 seasons, only one other player besides Hield had scored 20 points on 100 percent shooting from the field in a game where their team was able to come back and win after being in a 25 point deficit.
The only two players to accomplish this within the past 20 years? Buddy Hield and Kobe Bryant, who did it in 2002 versus the Dallas Mavericks.
Sealing the win was the perfect way to honor his favorite player as Hield later dedicated his career night to Bryant just a day after his unfortunate passing.