OKC’s Giddey is the youngest in NBA history to score a triple-double | basketball


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma City rookie Josh Giddey is the youngest player in NBA history to score a triple-double on Sunday evening.

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 guard accomplished the feat at 19 years, 2 months, 23 days, beating Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, who had a triple-double at 19 years, 10 months, 17 days.

Giddey, the sixth overall pick in last year’s Australian draft, was back on the line-up after missing three games while on the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He shot 7 for 16 off the field and 3 for 5 from a distance against Dallas.

“It’s cool like I said earlier this year. The individual statistics are good, you enjoy it for the night, ”said Giddey. “But a win is always better than individual statistics. When I have zero-zero-zero and we win, it’s always better than when I have a triple-double and lose. “

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd, who scored 107 triple doubles during his playing career, was impressed with Giddey’s performance.

“He is selfless. As a 19 year old he understands how to play the game, ”said Kidd. “He’s comfortable with the ball. His teammates all know they’ll cut it when he has it because there’s a chance they’ll get it. He comfortably shoots the 3. He has the whole package. At 19, it’s only a matter of time to understand how the teams will play against him. It’s as good as advertised. “

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