Jusuf Nurkic is 1st player with 20-20-5-5-5 in NBA history
Jusuf Nurkic made history on Tuesday night with a stat line no one has ever recorded before.
The Portland Trail Blazers center finished with 24 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and five steals. Nurkic led the Trail Blazers to a thrilling 113-108 win over the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center.
It was initially reported that Nurkic became the first player to record at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, five blocks, and five steals since the league started recording blocks and steals. Clevis Murray of The Athletic updated his initial tweet, saying that the Nurkic is actually the first player to record such stat line in league history.
Update: Nurkić is the first player in NBA history with such a game. https://t.co/x4Jw1BYXa0
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) January 2, 2019
Nurkic also got a lot of help on Tuesday night. Portland superstar Damian Lillard finished with 25 points on top of six rebounds and six assists. Lillard also caught fire in overtime, scoring five points in a crucial stretch that led to the hard-earned victory for the Trail Blazers.
Seth Curry also provided the much-needed spark off the bench, as he finished with 18 points in 22 minutes. CJ McCollum added 16 points, Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds, while Mo Harkless posted 11 points and nine boards for the Trail Blazers.
With the win, the Trail Blazers improved to 22-16, moving up to the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings. Portland has now won in seven of their last 10 games.
Buddy Hield led the Kings with 27 points, while Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points and 16 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings had the climb back from a 14-point deficit at the half to force an overtime. However, they fell short down the stretch to absorb their third loss in their last four games.