Last night, the Bulls put on an offensive clinic against the Milwaukee Bucks. They scored 64 points through the first half and had a whopping 93 at the end of the third before the Bench Mob took over for good. The Bucks actually played pretty well but had no answer for the Bulls’ offense. At the center of the production was, of course, Derrick Rose who was in his second game of action after sitting due to back spasms. He looked truly uninjured for the first time all season (allegedly his turf toe issue has been bugging him since last season). He soared through the air and got some great lift, but the night really belonged to Joakim Noah.
At the end of the first half, Jo had 6 points (all on free throws), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He looked destined for a triple double and eventually got it toward the end of the third he finished with a flush (and one for good measure) to get his 10th point, finishing his triple double. His stat line is pretty goofy looking for a triple double. He ended 3-6 from the field with 12 points, 13 boards and 10 assists. He hit a loooong tornado jumper to end the 3rd quarter which I was actually sad to see happen. It was great for Noah, but it dropped him into a tie for 3 for fewest field goal attempts during a triple double. Bo Outlaw holds the record reaching the mark with only 4 FGA. Noah also came pretty close with regards to fewest made field goals. Isaiah Thomas holds that record, amazingly with only 1 made field goal. Despite not quite setting some, albeit odd, records, I’m thrilled for Noah. He seemed genuinely happy (despite himself) with the triple double and finishing it off with a dunk and on, was perfect as it gave the crowd a chance to give him a much deserved standing O.
While researching triple doubles, I came across an interesting Michael Jordan stat. I’m not sure how I never knew this before, but he has the record (post ’85 as the streak finder in the play index won’t go back any further) for most triple doubles in a row. (Again, post ’85, who knows what type of streak the Big O put up). In March/April of 1989, MJ had 7 straight games with a triple double. That’s absurd! Incredibly, he was 6 rebounds and 1 assists away from making it 13(!) straight games with a triple double. This was the year that he put up a line of 32.5/8.0/8.0, but even with those averages, that streak is insane. For comparison’s sake, nobody has come even close to that since. The next closest streaks are 3 by Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, and Lebron James. I think the fact that James, in a faster paced era with more scoring, only has managed a 3 game run speaks to the magnitude of Jordan’s accomplishment. Come 20 years from now when my kids are touting the Next Big Thing as the best ever, it’ll be feats like this that I’ll use as evidence in MJ’s favor.