By: Amanda Maxwell
Skal Comes Up Clutch Against New York
The Haitian big man connected on his first-career game-winner against the Knicks.
On the second night of a rare home back-to-back, the Kings saw some clutch performances from the team's young core. With 5.3 seconds remaining, the score was tied 99-99. In a play "designed for [Bogdan Bogdanovic] or De'Aaron Fox," Skal Labissiere took the inbounds pass and decided to make a play.
The second-year forward rose up for a last-second three-pointer as the clock ticked to zero, drilling his first game-winning basket in the NBA.
"Sitting out gave me a chance to evaluate myself," said Skal following the thriller. "It was good for me to sit back and get to see what I needed to do better when i got back on the court."
Bogdanovic led the Kings with a team-high 22 points along with seven assists and three of the squad's 10 long balls in the contest. The 25-year-old Serbian also hit a clutch shot of his own, connecting on an 18-footer to give Sacramento the lead with 29.7 seconds to play.
Skal Labissiere finished with 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists.
"It feels great," concluded No. 7.
With a couple days off before the next match up the team will look to build upon its successful homestand as the Pelicans come to town on Wednesday.