Star teenager Josh Giddey has stamped his NBA credentials with a record-breaking triple double in a convincing 22-point win over Brisbane that retains the 36ers’ slim finals hopes alive.
In his first recreation since declaring for the 2021 NBA draft, Giddey lit up the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday evening with 15 factors, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in a 101-79 win.
He turned the primary Australian to file back-to-back triple doubles in NBL historical past.
Coming off back-to-back highway losses, the Sixers trailed by some extent on the first change, however went on an 11-3 rally early within the second quarter to lead by 10 factors.
Giddey was fouled taking pictures for 3 as time expired within the first half, his profitable free throws placing the house facet up 55-47 at halftime.
Johnson went scoreless within the third quarter, however Keanu Pinder picked up the slack with some exact three-point taking pictures, Adelaide streaking to a 14-point lead on the final break.
Giddey introduced up his triple double and introduced the followers to their ft with a two-pointer that pushed the margin out to 16 factors.
JOHNSON CELEBRATES IN STYLE
Johnson celebrated his 350th NBL match milestone with 26 factors and eight rebounds.
HUMPHRIES HEATING UP
Isaac Humphries returned to the beginning line-up in his third recreation again from a foot harm that sidelined him for 11 video games. The star centre is working again to his greatest kind, ending with 13 factors and 4 rebounds.
Brisbane’s possibilities of a come-from-behind win suffered a serious blow when import Lamar Patterson went to the changerooms for therapy on an ankle harm he carried into the sport. The veteran guard returned to the sport however was clearly troubled, ending with six factors.
Saturday evening’s conflict was Brisbane’s eighth recreation of an arduous nine-match highway journey. The Bullets, who final performed within the consolation of their residence area on March 27, will end their highway swing in Cairns on Saturday. Over the previous month they’ve performed in Melbourne, Perth, Launceston, Wollongong, Sydney and Adelaide for a 3-5 file.