OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma City rookie Josh Giddey became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double Sunday night.
Giddey had 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his first triple-double in the Thunder’s 95-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The 6-foot-8 goaltender achieved the feat at 19, 2 months, 23 days, beating Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, who achieved a triple-double at 19, 10 months, 17 days.
Giddey, the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft from Australia, was back in the lineup after missing three games while under NBA health and safety protocols. He shot 7 for 16 from the field and 3 for 5 from long range against Dallas.
“It’s cool, like I said earlier in the year. The individual stats are good, you take advantage of it for the night, ”Giddey said. “But a win is always better than the individual stats. If I have zero-zero-zero and we win, it’s always better than if I have a triple-double and lose.
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd, who had 107 triple doubles during his playing career, was impressed with Giddey’s performance.
“He’s selfless. At 19, he understands how to play the game, ”Kidd said. “He’s comfortable with the ball. His teammates all know that if he has it, they’re going to cut, because there’s a chance they can get it. He’s comfortable shooting the 3. He’s got the total package. At 19, it’s only a matter of time to figure out how the teams are going to play it. It is as good as advertised.
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