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.
HOW DID THAT NOT DROP? 😩 pic.twitter.com/3d9D6tRtqZ
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 17, 2019
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.
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