Lawson Tallies New Career Milestone
On a night when Buddy Hield scored a career-high 30 points, Ty Lawson also joined the fun with a noteworthy achievement of his own.
Lawson led the charge for the Sacramento Kings in Tuesday night’s home finale against the Phoenix Suns, finishing with 22 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds - the first triple-double in his eight-year NBA career.
Previously, Lawson has flirted with triple-double territory, falling just short in the rebound category on two occasions during his tenure with the Denver Nuggets. Against the Spurs in 2012, he was just one board shy and against the Rockets in 2015 he was just two rebounds away.
During Tuesday night’s contest, Ty sat on nine rebounds once again midway through the fourth quarter, but this time he would not be denied. Suns guard Ronnie Price launched a three-pointer that bounced off the rim when Lawson corralled the carom away from Phoenix forward Alan Williams, securing No. 3’s first ever triple-double.
The Kings guard had also logged consecutive two double-doubles prior to his triple-double performance on Tuesday. He tallied 20 points with 11 assists against the Lakers on Friday followed by 21 points and 11 assists on Sunday versus the Rockets.
Head coach Dave Joerger praised Lawson’s efforts, calling the veteran guard “fantastic” in the Kings victory over Phoenix.
“I’m really happy for him,” Joerger said after the win. “To feel the love and appreciation of an amazing group of fans there’s nothing better.”
That first triple-double feeling pic.twitter.com/IfI9yViykd
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