Giddey close to NBA triple-double record

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Josh Giddey has finished just two points shy of becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.

The Australian point guard grabbed 18 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and scored eight points as his Oklahama City Thunder stunned the Los Angeles Clippers to win 104-103 with a buzzer-beater from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

The 19-year-old Giddey had eight points at the end of the third-quarter but couldn't find the basket in the closing 12 minutes of the game as Lugentz Dort and Gilgeous-Alexander did the bulk of the scoring for OKC.

However, Giddey continued to fill the stat sheet and his 18 rebounds are the most for a rookie this season and the most ever by any OKC rookie.

He is also the youngest player in NBA history with at least 10 assists and 10 rebounds in a game.

The record for the youngest player with an NBA triple-double remains with Giddey's fellow NBL alumni LaMelo Ball - who had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on January 29 this year at the age of 19 years and 140 days.

Giddey is 19 years and 70 days old so he may get a few more chances to claim that slice of history.

The Clippers' Justise Winslow gave the Thunder an opening, when he missed a pair of free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining and his team leading by two points.

The Thunder called their final timeout to advance the ball up court, and Gilgeous-Alexander finished it off with the 3-pointer to give the Thunder their first home win since November 17.

Despite the victory the Thunder are bottom of the western conference with a 9-19 record.

Not even another huge shift from Boomers captain Patty Mills was enough this time as the decimated Brooklyn Nets were beaten 100-93 by the Orlando Magic amid mounting COVID-19 absences in the NBA.

Mills and superstar Kevin Durant have carried the eastern conference-leading Nets as they won recent games despite a lengthy list out under COVID protocols.

But with Durant and returning star guard Kyrie Irving added to that list, the Nets were without 10 players for Saturday night's home clash with the Magic.

With three rookies in the starting line up, Mills led the way with 23 points, six rebounds and five asists in 41 minutes on court, while David Duke Jr. had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Blake Griffin added 17 points.

But their four-game winning streak was broken as they slipped to 21-9 for the season.

The Nets were without Durant, Irving, De'Andre Bembry, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Johnson, Paul Millsap, James Harden and Day'Ron Sharpe.

Mills has been an ever-present in the Nets' starting line up in December, never playing less than 30 minutes, and they were keen to rest him but circumstances have not allowed it.

In Toronto, short-handed Golden State were beaten 114-107 by the Raptors, with the loss dropping them to 24-6 and behind the Phoenix Suns (23-5) in the western conference..

Golden State were without Steph Curry (rest), Draymond Green (right hip), Andre Iguodala (right knee), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left knee).

The five returned to California after a victory Friday night in Boston rather than risking COVID-19 exposure, and a potential quarantine, in Canada.

In Boston, Josh Richardson scored a season-high 27 points, Jayson Tatum had 25 and Boston beat the New York Knicks 114-107 with each team missing six players because of COVID-19 protocols.

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