Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed out for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 21-year-old continued to build on his impressive sophomore season, going for his first career triple-double with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists.
Congratulations to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 🇨🇦 on recording his FIRST career TRIPLE-DOUBLE! 🙌- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) January 14, 2020
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀@shaiglalex tallied 20 PTS, 20 REB & 10 AST in OKC's win over Minnesota. #ThunderUp | @okcthunder pic.twitter.com/uh9oALLve2
His 20 points came on an efficient 8-for-12 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 from 3, while his 20 rebounds were a career-high.
👏 @shaiglalex notches his 1st career triple-double with 20 PTS, a career-high 20 REB, and 10 AST in the @okcthunder win! #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/YAAzMl9bul- NBA (@NBA) January 14, 2020
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The triple-double put Gilgeous-Alexander in elite company in a couple of different ways.
He joined Hall of Famer Steve Nash as the only two Canadians in NBA history to record a triple-double. Nash had three triple-doubles in his career, with his first coming at age 29, so Gilgeous-Alexander is only two behind the two-time MVP and on a good track to maybe someday pass him.
He also joined Russell Westbrook as the only two guards to record a game of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the last 30 (!) seasons, according to Basketball-Reference. With that, he is also the youngest player in NBA history to record that same stat line in a single game and passed Shaquille O'Neal as the youngest player with a 20-rebound triple-double in NBA history.
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In his post-game interview, he stated, "Coach just challenged me before the game to fill up the stat sheet. He knows what I'm capable of and challenges me every day. I just wanted to step up to the challenge."
Shortly after that statement, teammate Dennis Schroder crashed the interview by showering Gilgeous-Alexander with a couple of water bottles to honour the young star on his career-night.
A special performance from a truly special young talent.
Gilgeous-Alexander is now averaging a team-high 19.9 points to go with 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. With the win, the Thunder are now 23-17 on the season holding down the No. 7 seed in the West but are just 1.5 games back from overtaking the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 6 seed.