NBA triple-doubles by the ‘kids’
Through games of December 4, 2013, there have been 10 “triple-doubles” in the NBA this season. All 10 were by players age 25 and younger.
Earlier this week (December 3), Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo and Philadelphia rookie Michel Carter-Williams became the first rookies to record triple-doubles in the same game. Oladipo, aged 21, had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Carter-Williams, age 22, had 27 points, 12 boards and 10 assists in the game. Last month, another 76ers player, second-year player Tony Wroten, age 20, had a triple-double in a November 13 contest with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Basketball-Reference.com has NBA player game stats back to the 1985-86 season. Since that season, there have been 57 different players who have had a triple-double in a game before the age 23. LeBron James leads that category with 16 such games. Following are the players who had two or more NBA triple-doubles before their 23rd birthday.
Triple-Doubles prior to their 23rd birthday
LeBron James, 16
Jason Kidd, 11
Lamar Odom, 7
Russell Westbrook, 6
Kevin Johnson, Chris Paul, Chris Webber, 5 each
Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Antoine Walker, 3 each
Kenny Anderson, Kobe Bryant, Brad Daugherty, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Rajon Rondo, 2 each
Of these players listed above, all are now 23 years of age or older.
During the 2012-13 season, five different players under the age of 23 had a triple-double. Those players: Greg Monroe, Detroit (age 22); DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento (age 22); Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia (age 22); Paul George, Indiana (age 22… he had one regular season triple-double and a playoff triple-double); and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota (age 22).
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Winning an overtime game on the road in the NFL
Week 13 had two games go into overtime: The Vikings beat the Bears 23-20, and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Buffalo Bills 34-31. For the Falcons, it was their first overtime win on the road since September 26, 2010.
Through games of December 1, there have been 13 overtime games in the NFL this season. One ended in a tie, and the home team has won nine of the other 12 OT contests.
In 2012, there 21 regular-season overtime games in the NFL. Of those 21, the home team won 11 of them. There was also an overtime game in the playoffs; that was won by the away team (Baltimore) as they knocked the Denver Broncos out of the playoffs on their home field on a Justin Tucker 47-yard field goal in double overtime.
One of the more interesting overtime games last season was on December 2. The Seattle Seahawks were on the road facing the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks won the game 23-17 in Chicago in overtime. It was the first victory in a five-game winning streak that propelled the Seahawks to an 11-win season and a spot in the playoffs.
But another reason that game was noteworthy was that it was the first overtime win on the road for the Seahawks in almost 10 years. Prior to that win in Chicago, the last time Seattle won an overtime game on the road was December 29, 2002 when they beat the Chargers 31-28 in an overtime game in San Diego.
The current longest drought for a road overtime win belongs to the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona has not won an overtime game on the road since December 2, 2001.
With that in mind, here is the last time each team won an overtime game on the road.
Last overtime game won on the road, team
10-23-2003: New England
11-27-2005: St. Louis
10-29-2007: Green Bay
12-9-2007: San Diego
9-14-2008: San Francisco
1-22-2012: New York Giants
9-23-2012: Kansas City
9-23-2012: New York Jets
11-18-2012: Tampa Bay
12-23-2012: New Orleans
Of the three teams that have this season won OT games on the road, two of those road OT victories came at the expense of the Buffalo Bills (both Cincinnati and Atlanta beat Buffalo in OT on the Bills’ home field). The Bills became the 11th team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to have lost two overtime games at home in a season. Following are those teams:
Lost two overtime games at home in a season
2003: Tampa Bay
2002: Minnesota, Oakland
1993: New England
1987: New England
1983: Green Bay, Houston Oilers, Tampa Bay
1979: New England