Thunder rookie Josh Giddey becomes youngest player with triple-double in NBA history

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder novice Josh Giddey, at 19 years and 84 days old, ended up being the youngest gamer in NBA history to tape a triple-double.

Giddey reached the accomplishment with 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter Sunday night versus the Dallas Mavericks.

Giddey completed with 17 points, 14 helps and 13 rebounds and was incredible in the Thunder’s 95-86 loss to the Mavericks at Paycom Center.

Giddey, the sixth pick in the 2021 draft, rallied the undermanned Thunder in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City cut the lead to four points in the final minute before Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber drilled a dagger 3-pointer.

Giddey is 56 days younger than Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball was when Ball recorded a triple-double last season.

Just as the Thunder took a step forward on the health front, it took two big steps back.

Giddey returned to the starting lineup Sunday after missing three games while in health and safety protocols — making his triple-double even more impressive.

Josh Giddey posted his first career triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds.

Josh Giddey posted his first career triple-double with 17 points, 14 helps and 13 rebounds.

But as the Thunder got Giddey back, it lost top players Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (health and wellness procedures) and Luguentz Dort (left knee soreness). Darius Bazley, Tre Mann and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl — all in health and safety protocols — remained out.

Acting head coach Mike Wilks started a 24-and-under lineup in Giddey, Ty Jerome, Aleksej Pokusevski, Aaron Wiggins and Isaiah Roby. Among them, Roby had the most profession starts (38) entering into Sunday.

The Mavericks got Luka Doncic back from a 10-game lack.

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