Domantas Sabonis makes Pacers history with absurd triple-double stat line
Domantas Sabonis made history after leading his Indiana Pacers to their first win in Denver since 2007. The lefty power forward put up 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in a monster triple-double, becoming the first player in Pacers history to put up a 20-15-10 mark since the team entered the league in 1976-77.
Domantas Sabonis is the first @Pacers player to produce at least 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in a single game since the team entered the NBA in the 1976-77 season. Sabonis led Indiana to its first win in Denver since Nov. 27, 2007. pic.twitter.com/ObzyLu0nEV
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) January 20, 2020
Sabonis has a whopping eight offensive rebounds in the 115-107 win, one that marked the Pacers’ fifth straight and now a whisker behind the struggling Boston Celtics.
The 23-year-old is averaging a clean 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game this season, thriving in his role at power forward while sharing the frontcourt with Myles Turner. His ability to face-up, score with dynamic finishes, pound the glass, and make plays for others has been all part of this breakout season — which earned him a four-year, $77 million extension with the team after early-season rumors of a potential trade.
It’s only right that Sabonis’ first career triple-double is now engraved as a first in Indiana history, which speaks to the quality of a breakthrough season he’s having in 2019-20.
Despite not looking great in his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Pacers gambled during the Paul George trade in 2017, which netted Sabonis and Victor Oladipo, who’s bound to come back from a torn quad tendon after missing a full calendar year with the injury.
The two aforementioned are key pieces to the Pacers’ future and should play large roles as Indiana looks to secure a top-four spot in a top-heavy Eastern Conference.