Shooting right was an oddity. The dimes were more than you expected from a backup point defender. But the robbery, the theft that shocked TJ McConnell’s triple-double on Wednesday night.
McConnell made nine steals in the first half and 10 for the game, going on to go with 16 points (8 for 8 from the floor) and the Pacers’ 13-111 win over the Cavaliers.
Here are some historical notes to show how this eye looks:
- The first-half steal set an NBA record. McConnell missed one steal record in a game (11).
- In 1973, the first point-stealing-stealing combo was the 11th for the NBA official to steal the statue and get off the bench.
- The last player with such a triple-double was the Hawks Mukki block in April 1998.
“I was just playing with my defensive principles and trying to help run the team, I wasn’t going out of my way, to build a stall” McConnell said, per Associated Press.
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McConnell came in at an average of 1.7 steals per game in 24.8 minutes on Wednesday.
“You’re always going to try on him from both ends. He’s got his eye on every night,” said Pacers coach Nick Bjorkgren, according to AP.