Top 5 NBA Triple Doubles, Quadruple-Doubles and a 20-20-20 Game

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Quadruple-Doubles

David Robinson (February 17, 1994): 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks
Nate Thurmond (October 18, 1974): 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 blocks
Hakeem Olajuwon (March 29, 1990): 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks
Alvin Robertson (February 18, 1986): 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals

Top 5 Triple-Doubles:
#5 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1975): 50 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists – Only once in the history of the game has a player scored 50 points as part of a triple-double, and this is it. It would've been topped in February of 2009 had the league not taken away one of LeBron James's rebounds in a game where he also scored 52 points and dished out 11 dimes. But since we can't count that, we turn to Kareem, who might've made the list anyway with this showing.

#4 - Fat Lever (1988): 31 points, 16 rebounds, 20 assists, 6 steals – Would you believe that Lever is sixth on the all-time list for most career triple-doubles? How about the fact that Lever once had a triple-double with 23 assists—the most ever recorded in a 3-D? Pretty crazy considering the modern generation of basketball fans has never heard of the guy. But don't be fooled by the ridiculous name; Lever was one of the more underrated guards of the '80s, as evidenced by this ridiculous triple-double and the other 45 he recorded before retiring in 1994.

#3 - Shaquille O'Neal (November 20, 1993): 24 points, 28 rebounds, 15 blocks – The 28 boards and 15 blocks are both career-highs for one of the best centers in the history of the game, so to have accomplished them both in the same night is pretty unbelievable. That he added 24 points and logged a monster triple-double in just his second season as a pro makes it an even more memorable performance.

#2 - Hakeem Olajuwon (March 3, 1990): 29 points, 18 rebounds, 11 blocks, 9 assists – I've already alluded to this game, but had the league not taken away that final assist Olajuwon would've been the only player in league history to record two quadruple-doubles. When this game ended, people thought they'd witnessed one of the rarest occurrences in the history of the game. What's almost impossible to imagine is that his actual quadruple-double came less than a month later. He could've done it twice in the same season.

#1 - Wilt Chamberlain (February 2, 1968): 22 points, 25 rebounds, 21 assists – I guess it makes sense that the guy who owns about half of the league's most prestigious records would also have posted the craziest triple-double ever. It's the only double triple-double in league history, if that's even what you'd call a 20-20-20 game. Chamberlain was obsessed with his stats while he was playing, so he was most likely well aware of what he was doing while he was doing it, but the fact he was physically capable of getting it done is insane. It's hard imagining this happening again.


Honorable Mention:

Michael Ray Richardson (October 30, 1985): 38 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 9 steals – This one just barely the missed the list. Michael Ray is one of the league's biggest tragedies; what could he have accomplished had he not gotten so heavily into drugs?

Larry Bird (1992): 49 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists – It took two overtimes to do it, but this game was nationally televised, and many call it Bird's "last great game."

Tracy McGrady (February 23, 2003): 46 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists

Michael Jordan (April 13, 1989): 47 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists – One of three times Jordan scored 40 or more points as part of a triple-double.

Vince Carter (April 7, 2007): 46 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists – Jason Kidd also had a triple-double in this game, the first time since 1989 that two teammates had record a triple-double in the same game.

Michael Adams (January 31, 1991): 45 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds – At 5'11", Adams was the shortest player to ever record a triple-double, and this one was a doozy!

LeBron James (February 15, 2006): 43 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists

Hakeem Olajuwon (1987): 38 points, 17 rebounds, 12 blocks, 6 assists, 7 steals – This is the closest to a quintuple-double that anyone's ever come. Of course it'd be Hakeem.

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