SACRAMENTO Kings guard Chavano “Buddy” Hield in action against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Monday night. Last night against the Bulls, he scored 10 points with three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 35 minutes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield converted a four-point play with 38 seconds left to make up for a horrible shooting night, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Chicago Bulls 128-124 on Wednesday.
Hield missed 12 of his first 14 shots and was 1 of 8 on 3-pointers before hitting one from the top of the arc and getting fouled by former Kings teammate Garrett Temple.
Hield sank the free throw and finished with 10 points.
First-round draft pick Tyrese Haliburton scored 15 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and made a key steal in the backcourt. Haliburton followed Hield’s pivotal 3 with one of his own against a pair of Chicago defenders to help the Kings end a three-game losing streak.
Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which played most of the game without De’Aaron Fox. The point guard strained his right hamstring midway through the first quarter and did not return.
Richaun Holmes had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Kings. Harrison Barnes added 20 points.
Coby White had a career-high 36 points and seven assists for the Bulls. Zach Lavine scored 32 and Wendell Carter Jr added 11 points and a career-best 17 rebounds. Hield’s game-winning shot bailed out the Kings after Sacramento blew a 12-point lead in the first half and trailed with 6 minutes remaining.
Haliburton’s 3-pointer was equally big, coming just before Harrison Barnes missed a pair of free throws for Sacramento.
Lavine countered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 127-124 with 2.6 seconds remaining.
Before the game, players from both teams locked arms with their teammates during the national anthem. That followed a pattern set by other teams around the NBA after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the results of last November’s presidential election.
Bulls: Denzel Valentine had seven points in the final 3:51 of the first quarter. … Carter was called for defensive three seconds, resulting in a technical foul. … Temple scored 11 points in 33 minutes.
Kings: Coach Luke Walton lost a challenge after Bagley was whistled for a foul early in the fourth quarter. … Jabari Parker missed a second consecutive game for personal reasons.
Bulls: Visit the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday.
Kings: Host the Raptors on Friday. Toronto has won six straight against Sacramento dating to 2016.