Why Rajon Rondo’s Triple-Double Trumps Deron Williams’ Scoring Binge

March 5th, 2012 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Both Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams had tremendous games last night. Arguably, they had the two best games by a point guard all season, and this is in the golden age of point guards. 

Deron Williams scored 57 points, and Rajon Rondo had an absolute monster triple-double with 18 points, 20 assists and 17 rebounds. So, which of the two had a better game?

After much consideration I have to give the edge to Rondo. 

There are two reasons. First, while Williams had a game that was historic, Rondo's was even more historic. 

Deron Williams game was awesome. He scored 57 points—a New Jersey Nets franchise record. However, in the grand scheme of things, it was "only" in a seven-way tie for the 21st highest-scoring game in the last 25 years. It was the highest scoring game since Kobe Bryant dropped 61 on the Knicks February 2, 2009, just over three years ago. 

It was impressive but it's once-every-few-years-impressive. Rondo's was once-every-couple-of-decades impressive. 

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to record a triple-double with at least 17 in each category was Magic Joh ...

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