CLEVELAND – – T.J. McConnell set an NBA record with nine steals in the first half and posted his second career triple-double with 16 points, 13 assists and a franchise-best 10 steals, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 114-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Malcolm Brogdon scored 29 points and Domantas Sabonis had 18 points for the Pacers. “He’s the ultimate teammate so we were all very happy for him.”
The NBA record of 11 steals in a game is shared by New Jersey’s Kendall Gill on April 3, 1999, against Miami, and San Antonio’s Larry Kenon on Dec. 26, 1976, at Kansas City.
McConnell’s previous career best was six steals on two occasions, the last on Feb. 12, 2018, against New York, when he had his first triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. “He’s a pest all the time. He’s super competitive all the time.”
Cleveland point guard Darius Garland scored 16 points in 19 minutes before exiting with a strained left groin.