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Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell recorded a unique triple-double on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Pacers guard T.J. McConnell recorded a triple-double consisting of 16 points (eight-for-eight from field), 13 assists and 10 steals in Indiana’s 114-111 victory over the Cavaliers. With that, McConnell is the first player ever to recorded a triple-double with steals off the bench since steals became an official stat in the 1973-74 season. Additionally, McConnell is the first player in Pacers history to record a triple-double off the bench since Detlef Schremp did so back in Feb. 1993.
McConnell’s historic night
You thought we were done listing McConnell’s historic accomplishments? Well, you thought wrong. In addition to the feats listed above, the guard set the record for most steals recorded in a half with nine. Had he recorded one more steal in the contest, McConnell could have tied the record for most steals in a game (11).
With this win, the Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak. Prior to this game, Indiana lost to the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. With McConnell recorded the triple-double, Malcolm Brogdon led the way for the Pacers with 29 points (12-for-15 from field, two-for-three at free throw line) while also recording four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Following this performance, McConnell is averaging 6.6 points, 6.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals through 31 games this season.
McConnell and the Pacers will look to enter the All-Star break with a win, as they face the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.