Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday becomes third guard in NBA history to rack up six blocks in a game
Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans just forged his way among the ranks of the best defensive guards in NBA history.
Per the Pelicans PR, Holiday became just the third guard in league history to record six blocks in a game. The other two guards are Kendall Gill and Dennis Johnson.
— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) January 30, 2019
Holiday achieved the milestone in the Pelicans’ 121-116 victory over the Houston Rockets. Along with his six swats, the one-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection also had 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and one steal.
The 28-year-old Holiday is seen as one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. Among guards, he’s second in blocks with 0.76 per game, right behind Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers with 0.78. In terms of steals, Holiday is 13th in the league with 1.66 takeaways per game.
In their game against the Rockets, below is one of the best defensive plays by Holiday himself. Matched-up against James Harden — one of the best offensive players in the NBA — Holiday held his own and swatted the reigning MVP’s lay-up off the backboard.
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) January 30, 2019
It’s not every day that you see a defensive play or a record being reported. But Holiday is not just your regular guard.
He is a great proof that guards can rise up and swat shots.