Thunder’s Josh Giddey has grow to be the second participant in NBA historical past behind Wilt Chamberlain to file a triple-double in his first two appearances at Madison Sq. Backyard throughout OKC’s 145-135 victory over the Knicks on Sunday.
Chamberlain did it in 1968 and in the present day, 20-year-old Giddey tallied 24 factors, 12 assists and ten rebounds. In his final sport at MSG in February, he completed with 28 factors, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 127-123 OT win.
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This marks the younger star’s fifth profession triple-double and amazingly, solely Kevin Durant (7) and Russell Westbrook (138) have extra in Thunder’s historical past, which means he might surpass KD very shortly if he retains this up!
The Australian isn’t any stranger to triple-double data, after he turned the youngest participant in NBA historical past to register a triple-double when he recorded one in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks final season.
An enormous smile got here throughout Giddey’s face when a reporter knowledgeable him he was with elite triple-double firm in Chamberlain, however as one essentially the most humble guys within the NBA he gave a healthful response.
“Anytime your title’s inside firm like that – one of many all time greats – is particular however basketball is a group sport so if these issues contribute to profitable and serving to my guys round me be higher then it makes it price it,” Giddey mentioned.
Giddey wasn’t the one one cooking on Sunday with OKC level guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander notching a game-high 37 factors and eight assists whereas small ahead Luguentz Dort scored 24 factors as properly.
“That’s one of the best factor about our group – I believe we’ve acquired such an unselfish, profitable group that buys into what we’re doing as a group and nobody goes off on their very own ventures attempting to do all of it themselves,” Giddey mentioned.
OKC have skilled some highs and lows within the 2022-23 season to date, regardless that they’re solely 13 video games in. They began the season with three consecutive losses, then had 4 straight wins, 4 straight losses and at the moment are searching for their third consecutive victory once they play Boston tomorrow – you possibly can’t make these items up!