Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Markelle Fultz recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 25 minutes off the bench in last night’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, making him the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double. At 19 years and 317 days, Fultz is also the first teenager to post a triple-double in league history.
Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball became the youngest to record a triple-double earlier this season at 20 years, 15 days, but Fultz has him beat by 63 days. LeBron James notched his first triple-double at 20 years, 20 days, which was the youngest all-time before Ball and Fultz entered the league.
Much of Fultz’s rookie season was marred by a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for 68 games and dramatically impacted his shooting technique, but his triple-double in the season finale provides a glimpse of what he’s capable of when fully healthy.
In addition to Fultz’s historic night, the Sixers also cruised to a 130-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks marking the team’s 16th straight win – a franchise record. Philadelphia enters the playoffs as the three seed in the Eastern Conference after finishing the season 52-20. They’ll take on the Miami Heat in the first round of the Playoffs, with Game 1 of their series scheduled to tip off at 8:00pm on Saturday night.
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