NBA fines Buddy Hield $25K for victoriously kicking ball into stands

Jack Baer

As an attempted game-winning shot from Marcus Smart rolled off the rim and the Sacramento Kings sealed a huge 100-99 win over the red-hot Boston Celtics on Sunday, sharpshooter Buddy Hield got a little excited.

A little too excited, according to the NBA.

The league announced Monday that it has fined Hield $25,000 for kicking the game ball into the Golden 1 Center stands immediately after Sunday’s game ended.

The incident can be seen in the video below, with Hield running down the ball and giving it a swift kick.

It’s hard to blame Hield for being amped after the game. The Kings, who entered the game with a 4-7 record, had just taken down a Celtics team that hadn’t lost since opening night.

Hield’s play was a huge part of the win. The fifth-year player posted a season-high 35 points on 14-of-24 shooting (7-of-12 from deep) with six rebounds and four steals. Just the kind of performance you want from your $86 million man when you have playoff hopes like the Kings.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield runs down court after scoring a 3-point shoot in the closing minutes of the Kings 100-99 win over the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Buddy Hield was making everything against the Celtics. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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