Domantas Sabonis Surpasses Bob Cousy, Ben Simmons for 13th Most Triple-Doubles in NBA History

Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis recorded his 34th career triple-double, surpassing Bob Cousy and Ben Simmons for the 13th-most triple-doubles in NBA history.
‣ Sabonis is averaging 19 points, 11.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 35.1 minutes per game this season, and ranks third in total rebounds.
‣ Despite Sabonis’s performance, the Sacramento Kings lost to the New Orleans Pelicans in their NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals match.

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Domantas Sabonis, the center for the Sacramento Kings, made NBA history on Monday night. He recorded his 34th career triple-double in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, surpassing Bob Cousy and Ben Simmons for the 13th-most triple-doubles in NBA history.

At 27, Sabonis ended the game with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in 37 minutes. The 6-foot-10 big man was on fire, shooting 8-of-12 (66.7%) from the field and nailing all 10 free throws.

His teammate, De’Aaron Fox, also had a strong performance, adding 30 points for the Kings. However, their efforts weren’t enough to prevent the Kings’ defeat in the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals. This was Sacramento’s first loss in the tournament, following a clean sweep in group play.

According to various NBA betting sites, the Sacramento Kings are currently ranked 14th in odds to win this season’s championship. The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Dallas Mavericks are all showing better odds.

A tweet from Justin Kubatko highlights Sabonis’ impressive stats from the game. The tweet reads, “Domantas Sabonis last night: 26 PTS, 13 REB, 10 AST, 8-12 FG, 10-10 FT. Sabonis now has 34 career triple-doubles, breaking a tie with Bob Cousy and Ben Simmons for 13th place on the NBA’s all-time list.”

The Kings have struggled against the Pelicans this season, losing all three of their regular-season series games. Their last victory against the Pelicans was a 121-103 win on April 4, 2023. Kings’ coach Mike Brown gave credit to the Pelicans after the loss, stating, “You got to give them a lot of credit. That’s three games in a row they kind of did the same thing and were the more physical team.”

In terms of all-time triple-doubles, Sabonis trails 12 players, including big names like Russell Westbrook, Oscar Robertson, and Magic Johnson. This season, Sabonis is averaging 19 points, 11.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 35.1 minutes per game. He’s shooting 57.6% from the floor, 40% beyond the arc, and 68.1% at the foul line.

Last season, the Gonzaga product led the NBA in total rebounds (973) and personal fouls (279). In the 2023-24 season, he ranks third in total rebounds (226), ninth in assists (135), fifth in personal fouls (67), and 19th in player efficiency rating (22.2).

Sabonis logged his first triple-double of the season in Sacramento’s 105-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 10. The three-time All-Star scored 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists in 39 minutes of action.

This season, Sabonis ranks third for most points per game on cuts, averaging 5.1 per game on 67.2% shooting. Only Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen are playing better. In Sacramento’s 129-113 victory over the Mavericks on Nov. 19, the eight-year veteran posted a season-high 32 points, 13 boards, and six assists in 35 minutes played.

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