Hield, Kings hold off OKC in Westbrook's return
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Kings sprinted out to a big lead and used their up-and-down style to put Oklahoma City on its heels. Then they got a big lift from Buddy Hield‘s perimeter shooting to finish off the Thunder.
Dave Joerger also got a bit of love from the Golden1 Center crowd after reports surfaced over the weekend that the Sacramento coach was at odds with management over the direction of the team.
Hield made three consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter and scored 25 points, Marvin Bagley III had his first career double-double and the Kings beat the Thunder 117-113 on Monday night to spoil Russell Westbrook‘s return.
“We’re a hard-playing team and that’s what our reputation going around the league is,” Joerger said. “In the first half we played maybe as fast as we’ve played since at Miami (on Oct. 29). We like to play that fast but we got tired. But we kept at it and kept battling.”