Pacers’ Buddy Hield made the fastest 3-pointer in a game

On Thursday night, Buddy Hield made the fastest 3-pointer in the first quarter of the Indiana Pacers’ 135-126 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at 11:57 of play-in time. The seventh-year guard needed just three seconds after tipoff.

On a side note, the playoff date is the 1996-97 season. Is there a faster time than three seconds early in the opening quarter? That part is unknown. Hield’s shot beat Pacers legend Reggie Miller’s 3-pointer at 11:56 in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors on March 5, 2000.

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On the play, Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen tossed the ball to Hield, and the Packers guard made a clutch 3-pointer on a 360 spin. Hield finished with 25 points, three rebounds, three assists and two rebounds in 33 minutes. He shot 10-of-14 (71.4%) from the field and 5-of-6 (83.3%) from beyond the arc.

“You can’t ask for a better shot than that,” Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith said. “They shoot the ball like that; it’s going to be tough to beat us on any given night.

Pacers guard Buddy Hield made the fastest 3-pointer in a game, beating Reggie Miller’s shot against the Warriors in March 2000.

Of course, the 30-year-old became the first player in franchise history to make 60 or more 3s in a single month. To add to that streak, the guard has posted a four-game streak with at least four 3-pointers, one shy of his longest streak this season.

In 36 starts, Hield is averaging 17.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Not to mention, he shot a career-best 46.1% from the floor and 42.7% from beyond the arc.

Hield scored a season-high 28 points against the Washington Wizards (Dec. 9) and Atlanta Hawks (Dec. 27). His first double-double was recorded in the season opener. On October 19, in the Pacers’ 114–107 loss to the Wizards, the guard finished with 16 points, 10 boards and three assists in 32 minutes.

Hield had 22 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in 38 minutes in Indiana’s 116-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. He also shot 8-of-17 (47.1%) from the field and 4-9 (44.4%) from 3-point range.

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