NBA 2020-21: T.J. McConnell picked the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pockets on Wednesday, for the first time just 2:07 seconds after checking in midway through the first quarter. By the time the second quarter came to a close, he’d set an NBA record, pilfering his ninth with 15.2 seconds remaining in the half.
The previous record, 8, had been achieved 12 times since the league began recording steals in 1973-74. League record for a game is 11, by two players, since steals have been recorded in 1973-74.
McConnell picked off his 10th steal late in the fourth quarter, which — as noted by NBA.com’s John Schuhmann — sealed the first points-assists-steals triple-double in almost 23 years. Former Hawks guard Mookie Blalock was the most recent of five players to do so, with his coming on April 14, 1998, against the Sixers: 14 points, 11 assists, 10 steal line.
🚨 T.J. McConnell sets an NBA RECORD with 9 steals in a half! 🚨
The record for a full game is 11. pic.twitter.com/O0ctYizMmc
— NBA (@NBA) March 4, 2021
McConnell finished with 16 points, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field, 13 assists, and 10 steals.
It was the 11th triple-double to include 10 steals and was the first by a player off the bench. He also pulled down two rebounds and logged a block.
Larry Kenon (Spurs; Dec. 26, 1976) and Kendall Gill (Nets; April 3, 1999) share the overall steals record with 11 in a game.
Points-Assists-Steals Triple Doubles
|T.J. McConnell||03/03/2021||IND @ CLE||16||13||10|
|Mookie Blaylock||04/14/1998||ATL vs. PHI||14||11||10|
|Kevin Johnson||12/09/1993||PHX vs. WAS||17||13||10|
|Alvin Robertson||02/18/1986||SAN vs. PHX||20||10||10|
|Clyde Drexler||01/10/1986||POR @ MIL||26||11||10|
|Lafayette Lever||03/09/1985||DEN vs. IND||13||15||10|