Buddy Hield wasted no time trying to find the scoring column on Thursday night.
And he did it in a record-breaking way.
The Indiana Pacers sniper snagged a game-opening jump ball out of the air that Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen had thrown his way, spinning at the top of the key and hitting cool with a 3-pointer to set Indiana at 3: 0 lead just three seconds into the game at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Buddy Hield wasted NO TIME following the tip 😳 pic.twitter.com/V3ugqywjIE
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 30, 2022
According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, the bucket is the fastest made 3-pointer in the play-by-play era (since 1996-97). Hall of Famer Reggie Miller had the old record when he hit a 3 at 11:56 of the opening quarter on March 5, 2000 during a game against the Golden State Warriors.
However, Hield’s bucket didn’t keep the Pacers in the lead for long.
Donovan Mitchell countered with back-to-back hoops, and Cleveland took a 34-29 lead after the first quarter.