The Australian No.6 draft choose narrowly missed turning into the youngest in historical past to notch an NBA triple-double, ending with an equal career-high 19 factors, eight assists and 7 rebounds in a 110-104 loss to the Jazz.
The 19-year-old’s haul was nonetheless sufficient to see him be part of fellow NBL graduate LaMelo Ball and LeBron James as the one youngsters in NBA historical past to achieve 100 assists and 100 rebounds in their first 20 video games.
The accolade, after 18 video games, comes after he grew to become the youngest participant moreover James to register 10 assists in simply his fifth NBA look.
That beautiful imaginative and prescient once more aroused curiosity, Giddey’s slick passing, bold put up strikes and for the primary time on an NBA court docket a slam dunk, all a part of the spotlight reel towards the title-contending Jazz (12-6).
Josh Giddey delivers probably the most full offensive displaying of his rookie season up to now, with 19 factors, 8 assists and seven rebounds.
The level guard, working the Thunder’s (6-12) offence with fellow younger gun Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sidelined, additionally hit three-of-four triples to simply take the person honours towards Jazz stalwart and long-time mentor Joe Ingles (three factors on one-of-six taking pictures).
Giddey took the fourth quarter by the scruff of the neck, transferring the Thunder forward earlier than Donovan Mitchell scored six straight factors in the ultimate minute.
Lu Dort led the Thunder with 27 factors, hitting 5 three-pointers usually due to Giddey’s artistic assistant.
Meanwhile, it was enterprise as ordinary for Patty Mills, who hit a trio of three-pointers inside the primary 5 minutes to set the tone in Brooklyn’s 123-104 defeat of Boston.
The Boomers star’s teammate Kevin Durant scored 21 factors to move Allen Iverson and transfer into the highest 25 on the NBA’s career-scoring listing.
Mills completed with seven three-pointers and 23 factors for the Nets, who’ve gained 4 in a row, seven out of eight and 12 of the final 14 video games to be two wins clear on prime of the Eastern Conference.
Enjoying his transfer from San Antonio, Mills has scored at the least 17 factors in his final 4 video games as calls develop for the Olympic bronze medallist to be included in this season’s NBA All-Star three-point contest.