Josh Giddey rocketed himself into an elite tier with an insane stat that only LeBron James can lay claim to as the Thunder won a thriller.
Aussie star Josh Giddey sits behind only NBA superstar LeBron James in the youngest players to notch ten assists in a game as the blistering start to his NBA career continued against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Giddey’s jaw-dropping passing range was on full display as he also posted his first career double-double with 18 points, including two three-pointers in Oklahoma City Thunder’s stunning 123-115 victory over King James’ team.
James holds the record as the youngest player to dish out ten assists in a game at 18 years and 355 days and is also the second youngest having done it twice.
Giddey achieved the feat only 17 days after his 19th birthday and in just his fifth NBA game.
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The Australian young gun thread the needle on multiple occasions with spectacular assists that had Thunder fans in the Paycom Center out of their seats as he took the fight to the 17-time NBA champions.
It was also Giddey’s second-highest points tally since making his NBA debut this season, with his season-best the 19 points he scored against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Thunder couldn’t have got off to a worse start as the Lakers ran riot in the first quarter and raced out to a 41-19 lead.
However, Giddey played a starring role as the Thunder mounted a monumental 26-point comeback in the second and third quarters as they held on for their first win of the season.
The NBA world continued their love affair with the Aussie and raved about his incredible performance.
For the Lakers, a strong showing from star duo Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook ultimately wasn’t enough to earn their third win of the season. LeBron James sat out for the second straight game with an ankle injury.
Davis scored 30 points and Westbrook posted his first triple-double of the season as the Lakers fell to a 2-3 record.
Patty Mills was unable to build on his stellar showing for the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week as the Eastern Conference heavyweights slumped to a 106-93 defeat to the Miami Heat.
Mills had a horror shooting day, only making one bucket from 15 attempts to add to his two successful attempts from the charity stripe.
While it may have been doom and gloom on the court for Mills, that certainly was not the case off it.
The Boomers captain was announced as one of four nominees for the ACT Australian of the Year award.
Mills was nominated as a result of his spectacular work with Indigenous basketball, including launching the Indigenous Basketball League earlier this year.
The Canberra native also was Australia’s first Indigenous Australian flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics.