Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) dribbles the ball up the court during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Golden 1 Center. [ Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports]

Milestone Night For Sabonis Secures Sacramento Win

On a night when Domantas Sabonis took only five shots and had 11 points, his impact was second-to-none in Sacramento’s win Monday night over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Understated as his performances are, Sabonis quietly made history by setting a post-NBA/ABA merger record.

With 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, Sabonis pushed Sacramento to a 108-96 win and set the record for most consecutive games with a double-double (54) since Elvin Hayes in 1974.

True to form, he reached this milestone with fundamentals: being in the right place for a rebound and getting an easier layup from it.

 Another day in the office

Sabonis has quietly had his best season statistically and one of the most impressive stat lines from a frontcourt player in NBA history.

He is averaging 19.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game, adding in nearly one steal a game while shooting 40% from deep.

Monday’s milestone is a culmination of an outstanding all-around season for a player who was surprisingly left out of this year’s All-Star Game.

However, there was no lack of appreciation for Sabonis from his teammates, coaches and fans.

Rounding into playoff shape

As Monday’s win keeps the Kings in sixth place and out of the Western Conference play-in, Sacramento needs every win down the stretch.

Sabonis’ heroics matter more and more as the Kings still sit only two games out of home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

But for now, Sabonis can relish in a historic season.

In addition to breaking Kevin Love’s post-merger record for consecutive double-doubles, Sabonis also reached 25 triple-doubles on the season.

He is only the fifth player to achieve that mark in a single season.

Up next

Sabonis and the Kings will be put the test Tuesday and Friday as they match up with Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in back-to-back games.

Sitting at 42-29, Sacramento shares the same record as Dallas, but holds a tiebreaker over the Mavericks for the sixth seed.

After etching his name into NBA history, Sabonis will have to keep this pace going in a week that could be crucial for Sacramento’s playoff push.

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