SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield wasn't even supposed to be in Sacramento's lineup at the beginning of the season. Now he's one of the top 3-point shooters in the NBA, with a spot in the Kings' record book, as well.
Hield had 25 points and set the franchise season record for 3-pointers, and Sacramento beat the Phoenix Suns 112-103 on Saturday night.
Hield made 7 of 14 from beyond the arc, giving him 245 3-pointers this season. That surpassed the mark of 240 set by Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04 — Stojakovic is now an assistant general manager with Sacramento.
"It feels good," said Hield, whose 43-percent 3-point clip ranks eighth in the NBA. "My teammates found me in good spots. Some ones I had I wish I could get back but it's a part of the game. It was fun, man. Peja's been a big part of my success this year."
Hield's record-setting game came five nights after he went 0 for 8 from the perimeter. Hield came back with seven 3s against Dallas on Thursday and matched that against Phoenix.
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Jimmer Fredette played four minutes and was 0-for-1 shooting for Phoenix in his return to the NBA after spending the past three seasons playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. Fredette was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft and played for four teams over five seasons.
"I was just excited to get back out there and try to help the team in any way that I can," Fredette said. "It's the end of the season, but it's my job to come in and try to keep these guys positive. Be that veteran guy, be aggressive, and do what I do out on the floor."
Suns: Play at Utah on Monday.
Kings: Play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday.