Labissiere, Hield Record Career-Best Nights
The rookie duo continued their impressive play, each nearly ending with triple-doubles in Oakland.
As the month of March began, Skal Labissiere burst onto the scene in Sacramento, scoring in double figures in eight of 12 contests. The 21-year-old rookie has built off his early appearances with the Reno Bighorns, continuing to showcase new parts of his vast offensive arsenal.
And while the scoring has come effortlessly for the versatile 6-foot-11 big man – shooting at a 58-percent clip on the season – No. 3 is now displaying his passing abilities. Playing some of the NBA’s best in Oakland, Labissiere filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists (career-high) in just 27 minutes of play.
“The offense is all about reads and I think I’m getting better at that and taking my time,” said the Haiti native.
Rookie teammate Buddy Hield also had the best effort of his young career in Oakland, tallying career highs in three major categories. No. 24 finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. In the final frame alone, he scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists. The combined efforts of the rookie duo in the fourth quarter pulled the Kings within striking distance of the Warriors, as the team outscored Golden State 28-22 in the final quarter.
“I can see the progress, but we’re more so worried about winning and learning how to win,” said No. 3 postgame. “It’s not just about the rest of the season, it’s about what we’re trying to build in Sacramento.”