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Kings give up a career game to another backup, but Hield continues to make strides

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) hangs on the basket after scoring against the Boston Celtics during a game at Golden 1 Center on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) hangs on the basket after scoring against the Boston Celtics during a game at Golden 1 Center on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento Bee

Terry Rozier poured in a career-high 33 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 104-93 victory over the Kings Sunday at Golden 1 Center.

Rozier shot 12 of 16, including 8 of 12 from 3-point range.

The field goals attempted, 3s attempted and 3s made were all career highs for Rozier.

After a slow start, Boston regained its footing by finding its defense and outscoring the Kings 28-18 in the third quarter after giving up 60 first-half points.

Buddy Hield led the Kings (24-50) with 21 points. Jaylen Brown added 19 points for Boston (50-23). Here are three takeaways from the game:

Another big game from a player that's not a big name

The NBA gauntlet when facing elite point guards can be a grind, but some of the point guards to have their way lately haven't exactly been among the elite.

Quinn Cook, Isaiah Taylor and most recently Rozier, were all filling in for starters when they had big games.

Perimeter defense has been a problem most of the season and Rozier was the latest to exploit it against multiple defenders. Rozier is starting for injured All-Star Kyrie Irving.

There's more to defense

The Kings did a good job of capitalizing on Boston's mistakes in the first half by converting 10 turnovers into 15 points. Problem is the Kings still weren't getting enough stops as the Celtics shot 61.8 percent in the first half. Once the Kings weren't scoring off turnovers, the Celtics were still able to score with relative ease, shooting 55.6 percent for the game.

The Kings scored just four points off turnovers in the second half.

Buddy ball

Hield continues to play perhaps his best basketball as a pro because of his all-around play.

The scoring is expected, but Hield chipped in with six rebounds and three steals. It wasn't a perfect game as Hield did have a team-high four turnovers. But it's a positive that Hield is showing he can contribute as more than a scorer.

His willingness to compete defensively after being known as someone who didn't care much about defense. Hield had just one assist Sunday, but overall his willingness to move the ball has been good in March.

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