#6. 1/19/19 – Buddy Hield @ Detroit
The number six buzzer-beater on our list is one of the more recent ones, and as much as we love it, we are going to air on the side caution when it comes to recency bias.
The Kings were in the middle of their most successful season in well over a decade when they made their annual visit to Detroit in January of 2019. Much of the roster struggled that night, with De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic shooting a combined 7 for 25. The Kings found themselves down by ten points near the end of the third quarter, but it was Buddy Hield to the rescue.
Hield scored 15 of his 35 points in the final frame after being held scoreless for the entirety of the third quarter. He finished made 7 of his 9 attempts from beyond the arc, but it was his final one that gives us a lasting memory.
The Kings were down 101-100 and inbounding the ball with 3.4 seconds left. Bogdanovic inbounded to Hield who immediately fumbled the ball towards the sideline and had two Pistons draped on him. He somehow recovered (and maybe double dribbled?) while a third Piston came over to help in the scramble. Hield squeezed his way between two of the defenders and shot an off-balanced, one-footed leaner from three-point range.
As the buzzer sounded, the ball caught nothing but the bottom of the net. Hield began a sprint around the baseline and down the sidelines as his jubilant teammates gave chase. The man of the hour infamously hopped over a television cable in his mad dash to the locker room. The Kings might as well have run back to Sacramento.