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T.J. McConnell posts rare triple-double with steals — off Pacers bench

T.J. McConnell posts rare triple-double with steals — off Pacers bench

T.J. McConnell fell one steal short of the NBA record book on Wednesday.

He still walked away with one of the most unique stats lines in basketball history. The Indiana Pacers point guard posted a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to NBA.com, that’s the first NBA triple-double with steals since Mookie Blaylock logged 14 points, 11 assists and 10 steals for the Atlanta Hawks in 1998 — nearly 23 years ago. McConnell’s is the sixth triple-double with steals in the NBA since the league recognized steals as a stat in the 1973-74 season.

He did it all from the bench. And he was perfect from the field, connecting on all eight of his shots. And the Pacers walked away with a 114-111 victory. Not a bad day’s work for the sixth-year veteran with career averages of 6.4 points, 4.9 assists and 1.2 steals. 

McConnell put a scare into the single-game steals record in the first half alone, where he recorded nine of his swipes. But Kendall Gill — who recorded 11 steals for the New Jersey Nets in 1999 — remains safe.

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