Rockets’ Kevin Porter Jr.’s historic triple-double gets ruined by the NBA
Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. accrued his first career triple double, scoring 11 points with 11 assists and 10 rebounds Monday night. With under two minutes left in the game, Porter Jr. was one rebound shy of the triple double. His teammates then chipped in.
Following a missed shot from Oklahoma City player Theo Maledon, Rockets big man Alperen Sengun tapped the ball into open space instead of securing the rebound. Two other Rockets players then avoided the ball, allowing Porter to gobble it up, and his first ever triple dub. The NBA announced they are having none of that.
After review, the NBA credited the rebound to Sengun as a controlled tip, instead of to Porter. Sadly, that leaves Porter Jr. with a 11-11-9 line instead, one rebound shy of the triple double.
Porter Jr. has been one of the very few bright spots for the Houston Rockets this season. They are at the bottom of the Western Conference at 4-16. That is including their current three game winning streak. The Rockets started the season 1-16.
Porter Jr. should very likely have many more chances to record his first triple double though. There are not a ton of scoring options on this team, and he is chipping in across the board. This season, Porter Jr. is averaging over 13 points per game, six rebounds and just under 5 assists per game.
Houston looks to continue their recent streak of success Wednesday night at Oklahoma City. That’s the 2nd part of a home and home with the Thunder.