As soon as upon a time, T.J. McConnell was a 23-year-old undrafted level guard who wanted to show himself on the NBA Summer time League to safe a roster spot. Now, he is an NBA record-holder.
McConnell was a thief in Pacers clothes on Wednesday evening towards the Cavaliers, racking up 9 steals within the first half in a 114-111 win. That set a brand new league report for steals in a half—a feat much more spectacular when contemplating McConnell did not even begin the sport.
The sixth-year level guard completed the sport with 16 factors, 13 assists and 10 steals, good for his second profession triple-double. He was one steal shy of tying the NBA’s single-game report and have become the primary bench participant ever to report a triple-double with steals. He was additionally an ideal 8-for-8 from the sphere.
McConnell’s steals had been about the one good factor the Pacers protection was capable of execute. Cleveland shot 51.8% from the sphere as a crew, however dedicated 26 turnovers. The Pacers shot a blistering 56.6% from the sphere however weren’t capable of convert their steals into many factors—Indiana had simply 12 factors off of turnovers, whereas the Cavaliers had 35.
McConnell, taking part in within the ultimate 12 months of his contract, is averaging a league-best 2.0 steals and 6.8 assists per sport this season, each profession highs, with 6.4 factors per sport. He is shot 52.1% from the sphere over the previous three seasons.