Giddey adds to triple-double tally in NBA


Oklahoma City Thunder’s Australian guard Josh Giddey has notched his second NBA triple-double.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Australian guard Josh Giddey has notched his second NBA triple-double.

Australian teenager Josh Giddey has continued to rewrite the NBA record books, posting his second triple-double in Oklahoma City’s loss to Chicago.

At 19 years and 84 days, Giddey became the youngest play in NBA history to register a triple-double.

And a month after he recorded 17 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists against the Dallas Mavericks, Giddey is also the second-youngest to achieve the feat.

Giddey brought up the achievement for a second time with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 33 minutes in the Thunder’s 106-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls on the road.

In doing so, Giddey joins Luka Doncic as the only players with multiple NBA triple-doubles as teenagers.

Giddey was one assist short of his latest accomplishment as he sat on the bench before he returned to the court with 4:15 left to play.

His assist for a Luguentz Dort three-pointer with 2:28 remaining sealed the deal.

“I thought he was really good tonight,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.

“I was impressed with his poise tonight. I thought he had a pretty contagious style.”

To cap a brilliant rookie season, Giddey has been picked in the All-Star Rising Stars game and Skills Challenge after averaging 12.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists across 51 starts.

In other games, Stephen Curry made a clutch layup with 46 seconds remaining as the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 117-115, spoiling another scoring milestone by LeBron James.

James had 26 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, but missed the first free throw after Curry fouled him attempting a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left. 

He made the second and missed the third intentionally but couldn’t chase down the rebound in time to get a shot off.

Earlier in the night, James extended his streak of 25 points or more to 22 games and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points scored in the NBA combining the regular season and postseason with 44,157. 

James tied Abdul-Jabbar’s mark of 44,149 in the first half, then surpassed it with a three-pointer early in the third quarter.

The Philadelphia 76ers made a statement as Joel Embiid piled on a 40-point triple-double as they won 103-93 over the Cleveland Cavaliers without new acquisition James Harden.

Embiid scored 40 points with 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Sixers, who improved to 34-22.

It was only Embiid’s fourth career triple-double.

Embiid also made four of five three-pointers, going at 50 per cent from the field, while he added three steals in an outstanding game as they wait on Harden to be cleared medically to debut.

The visiting Denver Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors 110-109 while Miami Heat sent Patty Mills’ Brooklyn Nets to their 11th straight loss with a 115-111 victory.

In Phoenix, the Phoenix Suns won their fifth straight game, beating the Orlando Magic 132-105.

The Los Angeles Clippers held off the Mavericks in the final minute for a 99-97 victory.

– with Reuters, AP and DPA