Buddy Hield breaks Reggie Miller’s insane record

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NBA Thursday was a great night for the Indiana Pacers. They hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Gainbridge FieldHouse and pulled off an impressive 135-126 victory over the division-leading Cavaliers.

Indiana did a great job limiting Donovan Mitchell, who scored a team-high 28 points, but only shot 10 of 25 from the field. The top scorer in the game was Tyrese Haliburton, who scored 29 points to go along with a game-high nine assists.

Several of those assists went to sharpshooter Buddy Hield, who again put in a strong game. Held scored 25 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range, with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The most memorable three-pointer of the night, however, came on an assist from Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen. Allen won the opening tip by returning the ball, but it ended up in Hield’s hands when he hit it too far away from Evan Mobley.

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Held caught the ball, turned and immediately shot a 3-pointer as Darius Garland didn’t have enough time to really contest the shot. He sputtered the first of his five three-pointers to set an NBA record.

His 3-pointer at 11:57 left in the first quarter is the fastest 3-pointer since the 1996–97 season, when play-by-play recording began. The fastest three-pointer before that was done by fellow Pacer Reggie Miller. Miller’s came on March 5, 2000 against the Golden State Warriors with 11:56 remaining in the quarter.

The television broadcast scoreboard came on screen as Hield knocked down the shot. Given Hield’s position and reaction to the tip, it seemed like something Indiana had been preparing for.

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It is a very impressive pinnacle and one that could last forever. It’s hard to imagine this record being broken in any quicker time, given the series of events that must occur before it becomes a reality.

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