Kobe Bryant ties modern faux triple-double record

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Kobe Bryant hit double-digits in three major statistical categories against Pistons tonight.

Another triple-double? Not quite.

Kobe finished with 12 points, 13 assists and 10 turnovers.

The NBA doesn’t reward players for committing turnovers. The hunt for triple-doubles contains enough folly as is.

But Kobe got what I like to call a faux triple-double – a double-double plus 10 turnovers – and it gives him another dubious record. Here’s the faux triple-double leaderboard since 1985-86, as far back as Basketball-Reference records date:

  • Kobe Bryant, 3
  • Hakeem Olajuwon, 3
  • Clyde Drexler, 2
  • Jason Kidd, 2
  • Karl Malone, 2
  • Steve Nash, 2
  • Scottie Pippen, 2

Kobe tying the record is a tribute to his longevity, sustained large role and failure to give a damn about efficiency.