Hield scores 18 points in 4th, Kings beat Spurs 121-114

San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Randall Benton) (Randall Benton, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Buddy Hield scored 18 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and made seven 3-pointers to help the Sacramento Kings beat the San Antonio Spurs 121-114 on Sunday.

Tyrese Haliburton added 27 points and matched his career high with 11 assists, Damian Jones scored a career-high 23 points, and Harrison Barnes had 14 points and seven rebounds. The Kings won for the second time in six games.

Hield had only five points before making back-to-back 3s late in the third quarter. He opened the fourth quarter with a mid-range jumper and scored on a pair of driving layups, then made four 3s over the final five minutes.

Dejounte Murray had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for San Antonio. The Spurs, coming off a 128-126 victory at Utah on Friday night, outrebounded the Kings but were outscored 27-11 in second-chance points.

The Kings fell behind early before Hield and Haliburton made consecutive 3s and Barnes converted a three-point play. Barnes later connected on a corner 3 to make it 37-27.

San Antonio got within six late in the second quarter but struggled to contain Haliburton, who has taken over at point guard for Sacramento while De’Aaron Fox is in the NBA’s health and safety protocol.

Haliburton had a double-double by halftime and shot 12 of 19 overall.


Spurs: Doug McDermott was held out because of a toothache.

Kings: Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry, Marvin Bagley III, Davion Mitchell Terence Davis and Alex Len are also in the NBA health and safety protocol with Fox. … Richaun Holmes (right eye) was also out.


Spurs: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

Kings: At Golden State on Monday night.


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