Eric Bledsoe joins 49 different players who have recorded nine or more steals in an NBA game, doing so last tonight Vs. Lakers at Staples Center in a 97-91 Clippers’ victory. It has occurred 71 times in NBA history. Bledsoe came up one-steal short of a triple-double with 22 pts, 11 rebs, and nine steals.
Former Los Angeles Clipper and current Boston Celtic Head Coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers is only other player to do so in a Clippers’ uniform. Rivers did it back in 1991, where he had seven steals in one half.
Bledsoe isn’t the only current Clipper to reach this feat as Chris Paul did so for the New Orleans Hornets in 2008.
In addition to his stifling defense, Bledsoe ran the team for 43:38 of the 48 minutes, turning the ball over only three times. “I kept asking him if he was tired and he kept saying no,” Del Negro said.