Career Night Puts Rookie in Rare Company
With 32 points, including 21 points in the fourth quarter, Sacramento’s versatile first-year player put his name in the history books.
Thirty-six minutes had elapsed in Wednesday’s Kings-Suns contest as Kosta Koufos’ 13 points led the way for Sacramento. Skal Labissiere, meanwhile, had come off the bench to record 11 points on 5-of-8 from the field.
Although Labissiere had reached double-digit points for the fifth time in March, headed into the final frame, his night had just begun.
No. 3 opened the fourth quarter by tallying the team’s first 16 points, single-handedly netting the purple and black an advantage, ending the frame with 21 points. The Haiti native converted 6-of-7 field goal attempts, hit his first career three-pointer and totaled eight points at the charity stripe in the final 12 minutes of play.
Ending the game with 31 points and 11 rebounds, Labissiere became the fourth Kings player since 1984-85 to amass 30 points and 10 rebounds as a reserve. Additionally, the forward-center joined the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Durant and more by amassing 30 points, on 70-plus percent from the field, and 10 rebounds before turning 21.
In Sacramento-era history, Labissiere is the youngest to record a 30-10 game.
While Wednesday’s showing was impressive, the 20-year-old expects his work behind-the-scenes to continue paying off on the hardwood.
“I’ve been working since I set foot in Sacramento,” said Labissiere afterward. “I wasn’t surprised at all. I’m looking forward to the future, and I’m taking it game by game.”