Buddy Hield wasted no time discovering the scoring column Thursday night time.
And he did so in record-breaking vogue.
The Pacers sharpshooter grabbed the game-opening soar ball out of midair that Cleveland Cavaliers middle Jarrett Allen had swatted his method, pivoted on the high of the important thing and coolly related on a 3-pointer to offer Indiana a 3-0 lead — simply three seconds into the sport at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info, the bucket is the quickest made 3-pointer within the play-by-play period (since 1996-97). Corridor of Famer Reggie Miller had the previous document, connecting on a 3 at 11:56 of the opening quarter throughout a March 5, 2000, recreation in opposition to the Golden State Warriors.
Hield’s bucket set the tone for a giant scoring night time for the house group.
The Pacers completed with a season excessive in factors in a 135-126 win in opposition to a Cavaliers group that entered the sport with the very best defensive effectivity within the NBA.
Hield completed with 25 factors behind 5-of-6 capturing from 3-point vary. The league chief in 3-pointers made turned the primary participant in Pacers historical past with 60 or extra 3s in a calendar month. It was his fourth straight recreation with 4 or extra made 3s, one shy of his longest streak this season.
The Pacers completed 19-of-31 from past the arc total.
“You possibly can’t ask for significantly better capturing than that,” Pacers ahead Aaron Nesmith mentioned. “They shoot the ball like that, it may be robust to beat us any night time.”