Josh Giddey joins Wilt Chamberlain in the record books with historic night at Madison Square Garden

Josh Giddey is turning Madison Square Garden into his favourite playground. 

The Aussie turned in his best performance of the season under the bright lights in New York, recording his second triple-double at the Garden in as many games. 

Giddey lit up the Knicks for a season-high 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds on an ultra-efficient 10-of-14 from the field and 2-of-3 from the 3-point line — his first triple-double of the new season. 

“We come here once a year, so you got to have fun while we’re here and luckily in my time we’ve had two wins, so it’s been going good so far,” Giddey said postgame.

“It’s a fun place to play, obviously the most famous arena in the world so I have this arena circled on my calendar and can’t wait to come back next year.”

The Thunder have now won five straight games at Madison Square Garden.

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Leading the Thunder to a 145-135 win, alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored a game-high 37 points, Giddey put his name alongside some elite company with his latest MSG masterclass.

With tonight’s triple-double, Giddey joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to record two triple-doubles in their first two games at Madison Square Garden

“Any time your name is within company like that, one of the all-time greats, it’s special,” Giddey said postgame.

“But basketball’s a team game, so if those things contribute to winning and helping my guys around me get better then it makes it worth it.

“Anytime you can be mentioned with greats like that it’s special.” 

Giddey’s fifth career triple-double also has him just two behind Kevin Durant (7) for third all-time in Thunder history for triple-doubles, while Russell Westbrook has a healthy lead in first with 138.

The second-year guard has been up and down this season, largely due to an ankle injury that saw him miss three games.

While he’s recorded double figures scoring in seven games this season, tonight’s 24 points on 71 percent shooting were by far his best offensive game, showcasing his improved 3-point shooting, attacking the basket and finishing at the rim. 

“I’ve started to realise I’m usually a bit bigger than a lot of these guys that are guarding me,” Giddey said.

“So trying to finish over the top of them, being stronger with the ball, things I’ve been working on in practice just trying to emulate that in the game.”

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