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Buddy Hield birthday screw up, Heat close down Harden

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield celebrated his birthday on Monday — just don’t ask the NBA how old he is.

A bizarre screw up had Hield listed as turning 25 on the NBA website — ask the Kings star, he’s 26.

It’s been a weird quirk which was only uncovered this week.

“That’s their fault, not my fault,” Hield told NBC Sports.

“The first time I saw it on Wikipedia, my mom said, ‘Why do they have your age wrong?’ I said, ‘I have no idea.’”

What has added to the weirdness of the situation is that the Kings and the NBA have his current details.

On both his passport and driver’s licence, which he submitted to the Kings when he signed, his birthday is listed as December 17, 1992.

And yet the NBA website still has Hield’s birth year in 1993.

In fact, Kings vice president Vlade Divac told NBC Sports the Kings records have the 1992 date for Hield.

Hield is originally from the Bahamas and moved to the US in 2010 to play with Oklahoma, who listed his information correctly.

“I came over with a passport,” Hield said. “My passport has 1992 on it. My driver’s license has 1992 on it. I just think people got their information from Wikipedia or wherever, and they just went with it. They just got it wrong.”

Hield moved to the United States in 2010, according to the NBA’s website, but who knows if we can trust that anymore. He played college basketball at Oklahoma for four years, and he told NBC Sports he thought all of his information was listed correctly during his time there.

The number 6 draft pick in 2016 has become punchline in social media’s joke after the NBA’s screw up.


The plan for the Miami Heat on the game’s final play was simple: Do not let James Harden win the game for Houston.

Dwyane Wade and the Heat pulled it off.

Wade ran at Harden and got him to give the ball up as the clock ran down, Eric Gordon missed a three-pointer — one that Wade said he tipped ever so slightly — as time expired, and the Heat held off the Rockets 101-99 for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

“If somebody else hit it, we would deal with it,” Wade said. “But it wasn’t going to be James Harden.”

Harden scored 35 for the Rockets, whose five-game winning streak was snapped.

The worst part of the night for Houston, however, will likely be the loss of point guard Chris Paul in the second quarter to a strained left hamstring.

All the Rockets know, for now, is that Paul will miss time.

He will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine the severity and likely timetable for returning.

“We lose a guy of the magnitude of Chris, now we’re fighting again,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.

“And the flaws that we have are going to come out again and we’ve got to overcome those.”

Josh Richardson scored 22 points and Tyler Johnson added 19 for the Heat, who were up by 16 early, then wasted an 11-point lead in the fourth before rallying.

Gordon’s three-pointer with 37 seconds left got Houston within two, and the Rockets got a stop on a long ensuing Heat possession.

Wade missed, Hassan Whiteside got the offensive rebound and Wade wound up missing again, with the Rockets finally corralling the ball with 3.8 seconds left.

The last play eventually went to Gordon, and his three — Houston’s 54th attempt of the night from beyond the arc — was off, and Miami escaped.

The Heat are 4-4 this season when shooting under 40 per cent; the rest of the NBA, combined, is 9-103 in such games.

“Our identity is trying to make it ugly,” Tyler Johnson said.

“A lot of teams aren’t used to that.”

Derrick Jones Jr. scored 15 for Miami, which got 11 from James Johnson and 10 from Wade.

The Rockets set an NBA record with 26 makes from three-point range in Washington on Wednesday, and connected on another 18 in this one.

The 44 made 3s in a two-game span are second-most in NBA history over such a stretch — Houston made 46 in a two-game stretch of the 2016-17 season — and are the most ever posted in consecutive days.


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