In Wednesday's road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell had a game for the ages.
Let's get right into it with some historical context on his record-breaking performance with all the stats and numbers behind it.
10: Career-high steals, also Franchise record
McConnell finished with a career-high 10 steals, with the final one sealing the second triple-double of his career.
T.J. McConnell reaches a triple-double with his 10th steal!@Pacers up 4 with 54.5 left on NBA LP ➡️ https://t.co/Laecx0GSYx pic.twitter.com/0MoaquKzFh- NBA (@NBA) March 4, 2021
He finished with 16 points, 13 assists, 10 steals, four rebounds, and a block in 36 minutes of action.
The 10 steals are not only a franchise record but also one shy of Kendall Gill's record for the most ever in a single game.
It's also the most by an NBA player since 1985 without committing a single foul.
9: An NBA record for first-half steals
A majority of McConnell's came in the first half, nine to be precise with five coming in the first quarter itself.
🚨 T.J. McConnell sets an NBA RECORD with 9 steals in a half! 🚨- NBA (@NBA) March 4, 2021
The record for a full game is 11. pic.twitter.com/O0ctYizMmc
The tally is not only an NBA record but also a career-high and obviously, also a franchise record.
11: Triple-doubles with steals in NBA history
McConnell's triple-double is the 11th in NBA history with steals, since the stat was recorded in 1973-74, and the first since Draymond Green in 2017.
However, it's the first and only one to be recorded by a player coming off the bench.
In the franchise's history books, he's the first player to record 'any' triple-double off the bench since Detlef Schrempf in Feb. 1993.
6: Players with 'perfect' triple-doubles since 1980
The 28-year-old McConnell joined a short list of NBA players to record a triple-double while having a perfect shooting night. Here's a look at the list:
Triple-doubles on 100% shooting since the three-point era (1980):- StatMuse (@statmuse) March 4, 2021
- Bo Outlaw
- Draymond Green (2x)
- Russell Westbrook
- Nikola Jokic
- Evan Turner
- TJ McConnell (tonight) pic.twitter.com/RNIJd6guaV
Once again, McConnell separates himself from the list as the first and only player to record a steals triple-double on 100% shooting from the field since steals were first recorded in 1973-74.
He shot 8-of-8 from the field with zero 3-point attempts and no trips to the free-throw line.
19: Pacers largest deficit of the game
With 6:07 left in the third quarter, the Pacers, who were coming off four straight losses, were trailing by their largest deficit of 19. Over the remaining 18 minutes, McConnell was the only player in the game - from either team - to play every minute.
In those 18 minutes, he finished with eight points and dished out six assists - being responsible for a total of 24 points as the Pacers outscored 52-30 over that span.
For the game, he was one of six Pacers to finish in double figures led by Malcolm Brogdon's 29 points. The victory helped Indiana avoid an 0-4 road trip.
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