The match between Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks witnessed the notching up of a record by Australian teenager Josh Giddey. The 19-year-old on Sunday night became the youngest player to score a triple-double in NBA history. He overtook previous NBA Alumni LaMelo Ball who set the previous record at 19 years old and 140 days in January last year.
Josh Giddey notched up the record at the age of 19 Years 84 Days. He put on a show for Thunders with 17 points, 14 assists, and 13 rebounds. However, his team could not stop the Mavericks from winning the match by 95-86. The 19-year-old also reacted to achieving this feat and said that he would have been happier had his team won
"It’s cool, the individual stats, but a win is always better than individual stats for me. I’ve said if I’m zero-zero-zero and we win I’m happier than if we have a triple-double and we lose," said Giddey.
Coach Mike Wilks expect Giddey to continue growing and developing
Thunders’ interim coach Mike Wilks was all praise for the youngster and said he expects him to only grow and develop.
"I’m happy for him and proud of him. He’s a great worker, I get to spend a lot of time with him and he’s a sponge," said Wilks. "Smart for a young player, but young, not even 20 yet, and he’s got a lot of room for growth and improvement. I’m just expecting him to continue to grow and continue to develop."
Meanwhile, Luka Doncic who owns six of the 11 youngest triple-doubles in NBA history was close to getting another one. With 14 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. Doncic guided the Mavs to the win on his comeback from a 10-day absence due to a knee injury.
Following this match, Thunder’s next match is against the Minnesota Timberwolves who are coming on the back of a 122-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The contest is set to be staged at the Target Center in Minnesota.