Australian rookie Josh Giddey at just 19 years old and 84 days became the the youngest player in the history of the National Basketball Association to score a triple-double, 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds in OKC’s 95-86 loss to Dallas Mavericks.

Josh Giddey who missed his side last three games against Knicks, Kings and Suns due to ilness grabbed that record-breaking display in his return. The Australian international has been coming close with double-doubles against Pelicans, Grizzlies and Clipper, but surpasssed fellow NBL alumni LaMelo Ball who set the previous record at 19 years old and 140 days in January last year.

Speaking after the game, Giddey reiterates that winning comes first before individual stats, mentions he’s willing to go for a cleansheet and his team wins.

“It’s cool, the individual stats, but a win is always better than individual stats for me. I’ve said if I’m zero-zero-zero and we win I’m happier than if we have a triple-double and we lose,” said Giddey, who started his professional career in Australia’s NBL competition for the Adelaide 36ers.

“Growth comes with experience and learning. I made progress more mentally than physically. I’m learning every game and I’m happy where I’m at.

The Thunder were playing without their leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who entered the protocols on Saturday.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic nearly his own triple-double but was just a rebound shy, with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as he helped the Mavs to the win after returning from a 10-day absence due to a knee injury.

Oklahoma City Thunder Coach Mike Wilks, expressed his elation for Giddey, acknowledging he’s being working hard, dedicating time for the rookie.

“I’m happy for him and proud of him. He’s a great worker, I get to spend a lot of time with him and he’s a sponge,” said interim Thunder coach Mike Wilks. “Smart for a young player, but young, not even 20 yet, and he’s got a lot of room for growth and improvement. I’m just expecting him to continue to grow and continue to develop.

Youngest players to score a NBA triple-double.

Josh Giddey (Oklahoma City Thunder) Jan 2, 2022 – 19 years, 84 days
LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets) Jan 9, 2021 – 19 years, 140 days
Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia 76ers) Apr 11, 2018 – 19 years, 317 days
Luka Dončić * (Dallas Mavericks) Jan 21, 2019 – 19 years, 327 days
Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers) Nov 11, 2017 – 20 years, 15 days
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Jan 19, 2005 – 20 years, 20 days.