The Last 25 Years of Triple-Doubles and Huge Stat-Stuffing NBA Games

Kelly Scaletta@@KellyScalettaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2011

The Last 25 Years of Triple-Doubles and Huge Stat-Stuffing NBA Games

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    LeBron James isn't the best scorer in the game today; Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are all probably better than he is there. He's not the best rebounder in the game today. That's a debate between Dwight Howard and Kevin Love. He's certainly not the best passer in the game. That's between Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash and Chris Paul

    However, he is the best combination of the three. He's the only player in history to average 27 points, seven boards and seven assists for his career. Not even Oscar Robertson can claim that. 

    That's why many regard him as the best player in the game. Simply put, dude fills up the stat sheet like nobody's business. 

    I looked at some of the best triple-doubles and other absolutely monster stat-filling games to see the biggest games since 1986. Why 1986? Because that's as far back as Basketball-Reference's Game Finder goes. 

    In certain cases I was able to find information elsewhere and so included the numbers accordingly. Otherwise, all the numbers are since the 1986 season. 

    Following are some different angles at different kinds of monster games. It's not a mere list of the biggest games, but a look at some different types of monster games and who the leaders are in each one. 

The Triple-Double

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    When it comes to the triple-double, the player with the most in the last 25 years is Jason Kidd, who has 107. In that span there have been a total of 1,025 triple-doubles. This means that Kidd, by himself, accounts for more than 10 percent of all triple-doubles in the last quarter-century!

    The all-time leader is Oscar Robertson though, who had 181. 

    Here are all the players with at least 10 triple-doubles in the last 25 years, and the number they had. Players who were active during the span, but had triple-doubles prior to 1985 have their totals listed below. 

    Player

    Triple-Doubles

    Jason Kidd

    107

    Magic Johnson*

    69

    Fat Lever

    42

    LeBron James

    32

    Lary Bird**

    31

    Grant Hill

    29

    Michael Jordan***

    25

    Clyde Drexler****

    23

    Chris Webber

    22

    Charles Barkley

    20

    Mark Jackson

    18

    Kobe Bryant

    16

    Scottie Pippen

    17

    Kevin Garnett

    16

    Antoine Walker

    15

    Darrell Walker

    15

    Gary Payton

    15

    David Robinson

    14

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    14

    Alvin Robertson

    13

    Kevin Johnson

    13

    Lamar Odom

    12

    Chris Paul

    11

    Baron Davis

    10

    Dikembe Mutombo

    10

    *Magic Johnson had 138 career triple-doubles.

    **Lary Bird had 58 career triple-doubles.

    ***Michael Jordan had 28 career triple-doubles.

    ****Clyde Drexler had 25 career triple-doubles.

The Barely Triple-Doubles

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    In the last 25 years there have been three "barely" triple-doubles. By that I mean there have been three times where the player got exactly 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. These are the games. 

    Player

    Date

    Tm

    TRB

    AST

    PTS

    Andre Iguodala

    3/23/2005

    PHI

    10

    10

    10

    Jason Kidd

    12/13/2006

    NJN

    10

    10

    10

    Anfernee Hardaway

    4/9/2003

    PHO

    10

    10

    10

    That doesn't mean they were the weakest triple-doubles though. There were actually some that could be argued to be worse overall games as if you add the steals and blocks into the equation, then the sum of all their stats is even lower than those above.

    Here are the 18 weakest triple-doubles in the last 25 years. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    Sum

    Aaron McKie

    1/3/2001

    10

    10

    0

    0

    11

    31

    Brian Shaw

    12/29/1995

    10

    10

    0

    0

    11

    31

    Rajon Rondo

    2/13/2011

    10

    10

    0

    0

    11

    31

    Jamaal Tinsley

    3/15/2002

    10

    10

    1

    0

    11

    32

    Jason Kidd

    3/13/2006

    10

    10

    0

    1

    11

    32

    Karl Malone

    11/28/2003

    11

    10

    0

    1

    10

    32

    Jrue Holiday

    2/2/2011

    10

    11

    0

    0

    11

    32

    Otis Thorpe

    3/16/1989

    11

    11

    0

    0

    10

    32

    Jason Kidd

    1/15/2005

    10

    11

    2

    0

    10

    33

    Lamar Odom

    3/10/2000

    10

    11

    1

    1

    10

    33

    Lamar Odom

    3/31/2001

    10

    10

    1

    1

    11

    33

    Darrell Walker

    4/14/1990

    10

    11

    1

    0

    11

    33

    Ryan Gomes

    11/8/2006

    12

    10

    0

    1

    10

    33

    Anthony Mason

    2/22/2000

    10

    11

    0

    0

    12

    33

    Gilbert Arenas

    3/19/2004

    10

    10

    0

    0

    13

    33

    Jason Kidd

    4/15/2009

    10

    12

    0

    0

    11

    33

    Larry Johnson

    3/18/1993

    12

    10

    0

    0

    11

    33

    Robert Pack

    4/13/2001

    10

    11

    0

    0

    12

    33

The Inefficient Triple-Double

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    That got me to wondering, can you actually have a bad triple-double? I figured out the efficiency of all the triple-doubles, and surprisingly, some of them are weak. Most surprisingly, Kobe Bryant had the worst triple-double in the last 25 years. 

    While he did technically get a triple-double, he was only 3-of-12 from the field, 0-of-2 from the arc, 4-of-7 from the stripe, barely got the triple-double with 12 boards, 10 assists and 10 points, and had eight turnovers besides. Technically it was a triple-double, but was it a good game?

    Here are all the triple-doubles that had an efficiency of 20 or less. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    EFF

    Kobe Bryant

    12/3/2004

    12

    10

    2

    0

    10

    14

    Grant Hill

    4/7/1996

    10

    10

    1

    0

    16

    15

    Jason Kidd

    12/21/1999

    11

    10

    2

    1

    15

    16

    Damon Stoudamire

    4/15/2005

    12

    11

    2

    0

    18

    16

    Andre Miller

    1/10/2003

    10

    10

    0

    0

    16

    16

    Gary Payton

    3/9/1997

    10

    11

    1

    0

    16

    16

    Larry Bird

    4/6/1990

    15

    10

    1

    1

    11

    17

    Gilbert Arenas

    3/19/2004

    10

    10

    0

    0

    13

    17

    Lamar Odom

    3/22/2001

    11

    11

    0

    1

    12

    17

    Lamar Odom

    12/30/1999

    13

    10

    1

    0

    10

    17

    Antoine Walker

    1/15/2001

    12

    12

    2

    0

    20

    17

    Scottie Pippen

    11/11/1992

    12

    10

    2

    0

    16

    18

    Jason Kidd

    1/15/2005

    10

    11

    2

    0

    10

    18

    Jason Kidd

    11/17/2000

    12

    10

    0

    0

    18

    18

    Dwyane Wade

    1/4/2006

    10

    10

    0

    0

    19

    18

    Darrell Walker

    11/13/1990

    12

    10

    2

    0

    12

    19

    Lamar Odom

    3/31/2001

    10

    10

    1

    1

    11

    19

The Most Steals in a Triple-Double

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    Kendall Gill was quite the little thief. He has the most steals in a triple-double in the last 25 years with 11. He and Drexler are also the only two who have pulled off the rarest of all triple-doubles—steals, rebounds and points.

    The next-most rare triple-double is points, assists and steals. There have been only three of those, pulled off by Mookie Blaylock, Clyde Drexler and Kevin Johnson. 

    Drexler is the only player to have two triple-doubles with steals. He also just missed being in very rare quadruple-double territory by one rebound on January 10, 1986. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    Kendall Gill

    4/3/1999

    10

    3

    11

    2

    15

    Alvin Robertson

    2/18/1986

    11

    10

    10

    0

    20

    Clyde Drexler

    1/10/1986

    9

    11

    10

    1

    26

    Mookie Blaylock

    4/14/1998

    8

    11

    10

    0

    14

    Kevin Johnson

    12/9/1993

    3

    13

    10

    0

    17

    Clyde Drexler

    11/1/1996

    10

    9

    10

    0

    25

    Micheal Ray Richardson

    10/30/1985

    11

    11

    9

    0

    38

    Fat Lever

    11/24/1987

    13

    14

    8

    0

    21

    Larry Bird

    10/25/1985

    12

    10

    8

    1

    21

    Alvin Robertson

    3/25/1988

    10

    12

    8

    1

    15

The Most Blocks in a Triple-Double

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    Hitting double figures in blocks in a triple-double isn't quite as rare as it is with steals, but it's still pretty rare. There have been 49 of them in the last 25 years. The most blocks is 15, and is a tie between Manute Bol and Shaquille O'Neal

    The most times that a player has gotten double-digits in blocks in a triple-double is 10. That is again a tie, between Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Motumbo. 

    The only pure forward to do it is Andrei Kirilenko. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    BLK

    PTS

    Manute Bol

    2/26/1987

    19

    1

    15

    10

    Shaquille O'Neal

    11/20/1993

    28

    3

    15

    24

    Shawn Bradley

    4/7/1998

    22

    0

    13

    22

    David Robinson

    2/23/1990

    12

    2

    12

    24

    Dikembe Mutombo

    4/18/1993

    21

    2

    12

    16

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/10/1987

    17

    6

    12

    38

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    11/11/1989

    21

    2

    12

    24

    JaVale McGee

    3/15/2011

    12

    1

    12

    11

    Mark Eaton

    11/1/1986

    20

    2

    12

    15

    Shawn Bradley

    4/17/1996

    10

    2

    12

    11

    David Robinson

    2/2/1990

    15

    3

    11

    27

    David Robinson

    1/12/1991

    18

    5

    11

    22

    David Robinson

    2/4/1992

    14

    3

    11

    23

    David Robinson

    12/28/1990

    13

    2

    11

    27

    Dikembe Mutombo

    2/15/2000

    13

    1

    11

    21

    Dikembe Mutombo

    11/8/1994

    14

    2

    11

    12

    Dikembe Mutombo

    4/7/1994

    13

    2

    11

    13

    Dikembe Mutombo

    4/5/1994

    16

    0

    11

    11

    Dikembe Mutombo

    11/26/1993

    13

    1

    11

    17

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/3/1990

    18

    10

    11

    29

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    1/7/1986

    12

    7

    11

    26

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/29/1990

    16

    10

    11

    18

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/20/1990

    16

    4

    11

    24

    Marcus Camby

    4/14/1998

    12

    2

    11

    15

    Shawn Bradley

    3/14/1996

    17

    3

    11

    19

    Shawn Bradley

    12/21/1996

    15

    4

    11

    17

    Shawn Bradley

    2/6/1997

    14

    0

    11

    14

    Andrei Kirilenko

    3/25/2006

    14

    3

    10

    15

    Ben Wallace

    11/20/2002

    19

    1

    10

    12

    Ben Wallace

    2/24/2002

    17

    1

    10

    10

    Benoit Benjamin

    3/31/1989

    10

    3

    10

    25

    David Robinson

    1/10/1991

    12

    3

    10

    43

    David Robinson

    11/9/1993

    11

    1

    10

    43

    David Robinson

    2/17/1994

    10

    10

    10

    34

    David Robinson

    2/20/1990

    16

    2

    10

    23

    Dikembe Mutombo

    12/2/1995

    16

    2

    10

    22

    Dikembe Mutombo

    4/2/1995

    18

    1

    10

    18

    Dikembe Mutombo

    3/25/1993

    16

    2

    10

    21

    Dikembe Mutombo

    12/1/2001

    19

    0

    10

    16

    Dwight Howard

    11/12/2008

    19

    3

    10

    30

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    4/21/1988

    10

    4

    10

    38

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/17/1989

    25

    2

    10

    32

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    4/13/1996

    13

    6

    10

    31

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/13/1995

    14

    3

    10

    15

    Jermaine O'Neal

    1/22/2003

    10

    3

    10

    18

    Larry Nance

    1/4/1988

    11

    5

    10

    17

    Marcus Camby

    12/26/2007

    11

    5

    10

    10

    Marcus Camby

    4/19/1998

    11

    1

    10

    13

    Shawn Bradley

    4/19/1996

    13

    0

    10

    17

The Most Assists in a Triple-Double

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    The most assists any player in the last 25 years has had in a triple-double is 24, by Rajon Rondo. In fact there have only been six games where a player had 20 assists in a triple-double in that span. Two of them were by Rondo this season. 

    Magic Johnson only got 20 once in a T-D, but he hit 19 three times and 18 four times. Of the 19 times there have been at least 18 assists in a triple-double over the last 25 years, Magic owns eight of those performances. 

    One other thing I'd like to point out is Fat Lever. If you have been looking at the various lists, you've been noticing his name pops up quite a bit. His 43 triple-doubles far and away is the most by any player not in the Hall of Fame who is eligible. 

    Here are the 18 performances. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    PTS

    Rajon Rondo

    10/29/2010

    10

    24

    10

    Fat Lever

    4/21/1989

    13

    23

    15

    Jamaal Tinsley

    11/22/2001

    11

    23

    19

    Rajon Rondo

    1/5/2011

    10

    23

    12

    Magic Johnson

    11/28/1988

    11

    20

    32

    Rod Strickland

    2/10/1998

    12

    20

    21

    Magic Johnson

    3/22/1987

    12

    19

    33

    Magic Johnson

    3/18/1987

    11

    19

    27

    Magic Johnson

    2/19/1988

    11

    19

    29

    Tim Hardaway

    1/8/1990

    10

    19

    19

    Chris Paul

    12/1/2006

    11

    18

    25

    Jason Kidd

    4/7/2007

    16

    18

    10

    Jason Kidd

    11/12/2006

    11

    18

    15

    Kevin Johnson

    3/23/1990

    10

    18

    13

    Magic Johnson

    1/16/1989

    13

    18

    17

    Magic Johnson

    12/7/1988

    12

    18

    19

    Magic Johnson

    12/28/1988

    10

    18

    26

    Magic Johnson

    3/26/1989

    10

    18

    34

    Rod Strickland

    2/15/1995

    11

    18

    26

Most Rebounds in a Triple-Double

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    When he was just 21 years old, Shaquille O'Neal had a triple-double with a whopping 28 rebounds. He also had 15 blocks and 24 points. It was the only triple-15 where the components were blocks, rebounds and points in the B/R database. 

    There have been 15 triple-doubles where the player had at least 20 rebounds. Only two players have done it twice, Fat Lever (there's that name again, and how about that for a 6'3" point guard?) and Hakeem Olajuwon. David Lee was the highest scorer in one of those games with 37 points. Here is the complete list. 

    Player

    TRB

    BLK

    PTS

    Shaquille O'Neal

    28

    15

    24

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    25

    10

    32

    Anthony Mason

    22

    1

    15

    Charles Barkley

    22

    2

    27

    Chris Webber

    22

    5

    26

    Fat Lever

    22

    0

    20

    Shawn Bradley

    22

    13

    22

    Dennis Rodman

    21

    2

    10

    Dikembe Mutombo

    21

    12

    16

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    21

    12

    24

    David Lee

    20

    1

    37

    Fat Lever

    20

    0

    20

    Kevin Garnett

    20

    3

    20

    Larry Johnson

    20

    0

    29

    Mark Eaton

    20

    12

    15

The Most Points in a Triple-Double

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    No one has ever scored 50 points in a triple-double, though it's nearly happened three times. Larry Bird had a triple-double and 49 points on March 5, 1992. LeBron James had 52 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds on February 4, 2009. One month and 10 days later, on March 14, Dwyane Wade had 50 points, 10 boards and nine assists. 

    Here are the games where the player broke 40 points in a triple-double. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and LeBron James have done it three times each, accounting for nine of the 15 times it's been done. 

    Player

    TRB

    AST

    BLK

    PTS

    Larry Bird

    14

    12

    1

    49

    Larry Bird

    14

    11

    2

    47

    Michael Jordan

    11

    13

    2

    47

    Vince Carter

    16

    10

    3

    46

    Tracy McGrady

    10

    13

    2

    46

    Michael Adams

    11

    12

    0

    45

    LeBron James

    13

    15

    4

    43

    LeBron James

    12

    11

    4

    43

    David Robinson

    12

    3

    10

    43

    David Robinson

    11

    1

    10

    43

    Michael Jordan

    10

    11

    0

    41

    Larry Bird

    11

    10

    2

    40

    Michael Jordan

    10

    12

    0

    40

    LeBron James

    10

    10

    1

    40

    Chris Webber

    10

    10

    0

    40

The Triple-15

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    Wilt Chamberlain is the only player in the history of the NBA to have a double-triple-double, meaning he had 20 points, rebounds and assists in a single game. He had 25 points, 22 rebounds and 21 assists on February 2, 1968. 

    The feat is extraordinary. In fact in the last 25 years a triple-15 was done only six times by four players. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    BLK

    PTS

    Shaquille O'Neal

    11/20/1993

    28

    3

    15

    24

    Larry Bird

    4/1/1987

    17

    15

    3

    30

    Magic Johnson

    4/18/1989

    17

    17

    1

    24

    Jason Kidd

    1/30/1996

    16

    16

    0

    21

    Jason Kidd

    2/26/2010

    16

    17

    0

    19

    Magic Johnson

    4/1/1989

    17

    15

    0

    20

The Quadruple-Double

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    In the last 25 years there have been four quadruple-doubles...sort of. Here they are.

    Player

    Date

    Tm

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    Alvin Robertson

    2/18/1986

    SAS

    11

    10

    10

    0

    20

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/3/1990

    HOU

    18

    10

    5

    11

    29

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/29/1990

    HOU

    16

    10

    1

    11

    18

    David Robinson

    2/17/1994

    SAS

    10

    10

    2

    10

    34

    Now, the reason I say "sort of" is that the first quadruple by Hakeem Olajuwon isn't "official." Initially the box score did not reflect the 10th assist, but Rockets officials credited him with one after the game. NBA Director of Operations, Rob Thorn, reviewed the tape and denied Olajuwon the quadruple-double. 

    The only other quadruple-double game in history was from Nate Thurmond, who in his first with the Bulls scored 22 points, grabbed 14 boards, had 13 assists and blocked 12 shots. 

The 5 X 5

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    Another very rare stat sheet filling feat is the 5x5 where a player reaches at least five in all five of the major statistical categories. It's only been done by seven players 14 times. Only two players, Hakeem Olajuwon and Andrei Kirilinko have done it more than once. This is appropriate as both players have more than five vowels in their name. 

    Olajuown has done it six times and Kirilinko three times. Here they are sorted by the most total stats in the games that qualify. Note that Hakeem dominates the top.

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    Total

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/10/1987

    17

    6

    7

    12

    38

    80

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/3/1990

    18

    10

    5

    11

    29

    73

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/30/1993

    10

    5

    5

    8

    34

    62

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    4/22/1993

    13

    5

    5

    5

    33

    61

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    11/5/1993

    19

    6

    5

    5

    24

    59

    David Robinson

    11/10/1992

    9

    5

    5

    10

    29

    58

    Vlade Divac

    2/22/1995

    12

    8

    5

    5

    19

    49

    Derrick Coleman

    1/15/1993

    10

    7

    5

    5

    21

    48

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    4/11/1992

    13

    6

    5

    5

    19

    48

    Jamaal Tinsley

    11/16/2001

    9

    15

    6

    5

    12

    47

    Andrei Kirilenko

    12/3/2003

    5

    7

    8

    5

    19

    44

    Andrei Kirilenko

    1/3/2006

    8

    9

    6

    7

    14

    44

    Andrei Kirilenko

    12/10/2003

    12

    6

    6

    5

    10

    39

    Marcus Camby

    1/9/2004

    11

    5

    5

    8

    8

    37


The Oscars

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    It is hard to think of the triple-double without considering Oscar Robertson who averaged one for a season. In fact, he didn't eek that out either. He averaged over 30 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds per game. This record has never even been approached. 

    I got to wondering, how many people have even gotten an "Oscar"—games that match his 30 point, 11 assist, 12 rebound season—since 1985. Amazingly the answer is only 36.

    There have been 17 unique players who have accomplished it. Only Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James and Magic Jonhnson have accomplished it more than three times. 

    Here are all the Oscars since then. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    PTS

    Anthony Mason

    3/31/2000

    14

    11

    31

    Antoine Walker

    2/12/2002

    12

    14

    30

    Charles Barkley

    3/1/1989

    15

    11

    30

    Charles Barkley

    4/23/1989

    16

    11

    31

    Chris Webber

    3/24/1995

    13

    11

    31

    Fat Lever

    1/7/1988

    16

    12

    31

    Grant Hill

    1/18/1997

    15

    14

    34

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/1/1994

    13

    12

    37

    Jason Kidd

    1/12/1996

    12

    16

    33

    Jason Kidd

    12/7/2006

    14

    14

    38

    Kobe Bryant

    11/1/2002

    15

    12

    33

    Kobe Bryant

    11/3/2002

    14

    12

    33

    Lamar Odom

    3/6/2004

    19

    11

    30

    Larry Bird

    2/13/1986

    15

    11

    31

    Larry Bird

    2/14/1986

    14

    11

    47

    Larry Bird

    2/19/1986

    12

    11

    36

    Larry Bird

    4/1/1987

    17

    15

    30

    Larry Bird

    3/15/1992

    14

    12

    49

    LeBron James

    2/15/2006

    12

    11

    43

    LeBron James

    11/7/2007

    15

    13

    32

    LeBron James

    11/14/2007

    13

    14

    39

    LeBron James

    11/24/2007

    12

    12

    37

    LeBron James

    2/20/2008

    14

    12

    31

    LeBron James

    3/10/2009

    13

    11

    32

    LeBron James

    2/18/2010

    13

    15

    43

    Magic Johnson

    3/22/1987

    12

    19

    33

    Magic Johnson

    12/13/1988

    12

    13

    31

    Magic Johnson

    3/17/1989

    12

    13

    31

    Magic Johnson

    3/9/1990

    13

    16

    33

    Magic Johnson

    12/30/1990

    13

    13

    34

    Michael Finley

    12/23/1999

    13

    13

    33

    Michael Jordan

    1/13/1989

    12

    11

    38

    Michael Jordan

    3/28/1989

    12

    11

    33

    Michael Jordan

    4/21/1989

    14

    11

    34

    Reggie Theus

    3/12/1986

    14

    15

    32

    Russell Westbrook

    1/28/2011

    13

    13

    35

The Monster Triple-Double

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    The next thing I wanted to look up was who had the biggest triple-doubles. I summed up the numbers where the player reached double figures. Below are the top 20 total triple doubles. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    TOTAL

    Larry Bird

    3/15/1992

    14

    12

    4

    1

    49

    75

    Larry Bird

    2/14/1986

    14

    11

    1

    2

    47

    72

    Vince Carter

    4/7/2007

    16

    10

    1

    3

    46

    72

    LeBron James

    2/18/2010

    13

    15

    2

    4

    43

    71

    Michael Jordan

    4/13/1989

    11

    13

    4

    2

    47

    71

    Tracy McGrady

    2/23/2003

    10

    13

    0

    2

    46

    69

    Michael Adams

    1/31/1991

    11

    12

    4

    0

    45

    68

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/3/1990

    18

    10

    5

    11

    29

    68

    David Lee

    4/2/2010

    20

    10

    0

    1

    37

    67

    Shaquille O'Neal

    11/20/1993

    28

    3

    1

    15

    24

    67

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/17/1989

    25

    2

    3

    10

    32

    67

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/10/1987

    17

    6

    7

    12

    38

    67

    Jason Kidd

    12/7/2006

    14

    14

    1

    0

    38

    66

    LeBron James

    2/15/2006

    12

    11

    2

    4

    43

    66

    LeBron James

    11/14/2007

    13

    14

    0

    2

    39

    66

    Larry Bird

    2/10/1988

    17

    10

    1

    3

    39

    66

    David Robinson

    1/10/1991

    12

    3

    4

    10

    43

    65

    Magic Johnson

    3/22/1987

    12

    19

    3

    1

    33

    64

    David Robinson

    2/17/1994

    10

    10

    2

    10

    34

    64

    David Robinson

    11/9/1993

    11

    1

    3

    10

    43

    64

    Terry Cummings

    1/16/1987

    15

    10

    6

    0

    39 64

    The first thing I'd like to draw attention to is that Larry Bird has the two biggest triple-doubles in the last quarter century. I point this out because I think Bird doesn't get near the credit he deserves in recent times. No one is going to argue that he looked pretty, but he could dominate a game passing, scoring or rebounding. 

    The other things worth pointing out are first, the highest average sum in triple doubles, which goes to LeBron James with 53.0. Second is the most triple-doubles that broke 50, which goes to Magic Johnson with 32.

The Most Efficient Triple-Doubles

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    Just as I looked at the most inefficient triple-doubles I looked at the most efficient. In all there were 44 triple-doubles with an efficiency over 50. Here are those games. 

    The most triple-doubles over 50 by any player in the last 25 years belongs to Hakeem Olajuwon who had six. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    EFF

    David Robinson

    1/10/1991

    12

    3

    4

    10

    43

    61

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/3/1990

    18

    10

    5

    11

    29

    60

    Shaquille O'Neal

    11/20/1993

    28

    3

    1

    15

    24

    60

    Michael Jordan

    4/13/1989

    11

    13

    4

    2

    47

    59

    Larry Bird

    3/15/1992

    14

    12

    4

    1

    49

    58

    Vince Carter

    4/7/2007

    16

    10

    1

    3

    46

    57

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/10/1987

    17

    6

    7

    12

    38

    57

    Larry Bird

    2/10/1988

    17

    10

    1

    3

    39

    56

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    4/21/1988

    10

    4

    5

    10

    38

    56

    Magic Johnson

    3/9/1990

    13

    16

    3

    0

    33

    56

    David Lee

    4/2/2010

    20

    10

    0

    1

    37

    54

    Tracy McGrady

    2/23/2003

    10

    13

    0

    2

    46

    54

    Chris Webber

    11/23/1999

    22

    10

    3

    5

    26

    54

    David Robinson

    11/9/1993

    11

    1

    3

    10

    43

    54

    Larry Bird

    4/1/1987

    17

    15

    1

    3

    30

    53

    Chris Mullin

    1/9/1989

    11

    11

    2

    0

    39

    53

    Kobe Bryant

    11/1/2002

    15

    12

    2

    1

    33

    53

    Larry Bird

    2/14/1986

    14

    11

    1

    2

    47

    53

    Charles Barkley

    11/4/1986

    10

    14

    2

    4

    34

    53

    Clyde Drexler

    11/13/1990

    11

    12

    0

    0

    39

    53

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/1/1994

    13

    12

    3

    2

    37

    53

    Jason Kidd

    1/12/1996

    12

    16

    1

    1

    33

    52

    Magic Johnson

    3/22/1987

    12

    19

    3

    1

    33

    52

    Michael Jordan

    4/4/1989

    10

    12

    6

    1

    33

    52

    Doc Rivers

    12/29/1987

    14

    12

    4

    0

    29

    52

    Clyde Drexler

    3/7/1990

    11

    12

    1

    0

    39

    51

    Magic Johnson

    12/30/1990

    13

    13

    2

    0

    34

    51

    Brad Daugherty

    3/24/1992

    11

    11

    2

    1

    32

    51

    Fat Lever

    4/17/1988

    19

    13

    0

    0

    25

    51

    Terrell Brandon

    2/23/2001

    10

    16

    2

    1

    27

    51

    Larry Johnson

    12/27/1993

    20

    11

    0

    0

    29

    51

    Derrick Coleman

    4/15/1993

    15

    10

    6

    1

    33

    51

    Chris Webber

    12/27/1995

    10

    10

    2

    0

    40

    51

    LeBron James

    2/18/2010

    13

    15

    2

    4

    43

    51

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/17/1989

    25

    2

    3

    10

    32

    51

    Jason Kidd

    12/7/2006

    14

    14

    1

    0

    38

    50

    Antoine Walker

    3/8/2000

    19

    10

    4

    0

    30

    50

    Reggie Theus

    3/12/1986

    14

    15

    2

    0

    32

    50

    Chris Paul

    1/26/2009

    10

    15

    7

    1

    27

    50

    Chris Paul

    11/22/2008

    10

    16

    3

    1

    29

    50

    LeBron James

    11/14/2007

    13

    14

    0

    2

    39

    50

    LeBron James

    2/15/2006

    12

    11

    2

    4

    43

    50

    Terry Cummings

    1/16/1987

    15

    10

    6

    0

    39

    50

    David Robinson

    2/17/1994

    10

    10

    2

    10

    34

    50

The Monster Triple-Double Plus

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    Where would this list be without a look at the most stat filling triple-doubles period? Hakeem Olajuown and Larry Bird are tied for the biggest game in terms of the total of points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. 

    In terms of breaking the 70 barrier the most, Bird and Olajuwon again share the honors having done so three times each. LeBron James who has done it twice,  is the only other player to do it more than once. Here are the 15 biggest stat-stuffing triple-doubles in the last 25 years. 

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    TOT

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/10/1987

    17

    6

    7

    12

    38

    80

    Larry Bird

    3/15/1992

    14

    12

    4

    1

    49

    80

    LeBron James

    2/18/2010

    13

    15

    2

    4

    43

    77

    Michael Jordan

    4/13/1989

    11

    13

    4

    2

    47

    77

    Vince Carter

    4/7/2007

    16

    10

    1

    3

    46

    76

    Larry Bird

    2/14/1986

    14

    11

    1

    2

    47

    75

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    3/3/1990

    18

    10

    5

    11

    29

    73

    David Robinson

    1/10/1991

    12

    3

    4

    10

    43

    72

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    12/17/1989

    25

    2

    3

    10

    32

    72

    LeBron James

    2/15/2006

    12

    11

    2

    4

    43

    72

    Michael Adams

    1/31/1991

    11

    12

    4

    0

    45

    72

    Shaquille O'Neal

    11/20/1993

    28

    3

    1

    15

    24

    71

    Tracy McGrady

    2/23/2003

    10

    13

    0

    2

    46

    71

    Larry Bird

    2/10/1988

    17

    10

    1

    3

    39

    70

    Terry Cummings

    1/16/1987

    15

    10

    6

    0

    39

    70

The Stat Stuffers

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    You may notice that even Hakeem's and Bird's  fantastic games where they amassed 80 in total stats, they fall one short of Kobe Bryan'ts 81 point game. So that begs the question, what were the biggest games in total stats?

    Here are the biggest games in the last 25 years in terms of total stats. Jordan's game might not have the "triple-double" tag attached to it, but what a colossal effort! Only one block though? Come on MJ, you slacking on defense there?

    Player

    Date

    TRB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    Total Stats

    Michael Jordan

    3/28/1990

    18

    6

    4

    1

    69

    93

    David Robinson

    4/24/1994

    14

    5

    0

    2

    71

    90

    Kobe Bryant

    1/22/2006

    6

    2

    3

    1

    81

    89

    Shaquille O'Neal

    3/6/2000

    23

    3

    0

    0

    61

    87

    Chris Webber

    1/5/2001

    26

    5

    3

    2

    51

    82

    Karl Malone

    1/27/1990

    18

    2

    3

    0

    61

    81

    Tracy McGrady

    3/10/2004

    10

    5

    1

    0

    62

    77

    Gilbert Arenas

    12/17/2006

    8

    8

    2

    0

    60

    76

    Kobe Bryant

    3/16/2007

    7

    3

    3

    0

    65

    75

    Shaquille O'Neal

    4/20/1994

    18

    4

    2

    2

    53

    75

    Michael Jordan

    1/21/1989

    14

    8

    2

    1

    53

    75

    Larry Bird

    3/15/1992

    14

    12

    4

    1

    49

    75

    Michael Jordan

    11/20/1992

    13

    7

    1

    3

    54

    74

    Michael Jordan

    11/3/1989

    14

    6

    3

    1

    54

    74

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    4/19/1990

    18

    4

    3

    3

    52

    74

    Michael Jordan

    4/16/1987

    10

    1

    4

    1

    61

    72

    Tony Parker

    11/5/2008

    7

    10

    0

    0

    55

    72

    LeBron James

    2/4/2009

    9

    11

    0

    2

    52

    72

    Karl Malone

    12/22/1989

    17

    3

    2

    0

    52

    72

    Michael Jordan

    1/16/1993

    6

    1

    5

    0

    64

    71

    Michael Jordan

    3/4/1987

    7

    3

    3

    3

    61

    71

    LeBron James

    3/20/2005

    10

    5

    2

    0

    56

    71

    Kobe Bryant

    12/15/2006

    10

    8

    2

    1

    53

    71

    Dirk Nowitzki

    12/2/2004

    16

    2

    3

    4

    53

    71

    Kobe Bryant

    12/20/2005

    8

    0

    3

    0

    62

    70

    Allen Iverson

    2/12/2005

    4

    6

    5

    1

    60

    70

    Tom Chambers

    3/24/1990

    6

    4

    1

    2

    60

    70

    Reggie Miller

    11/28/1992

    5

    8

    1

    0

    57

    70

    Dominique Wilkins

    12/10/1986

    9

    4

    2

    1

    57

    70

    Michael Jordan

    11/26/1988

    11

    7

    1

    0

    52

    70

    LeBron James

    2/3/2011

    11

    8

    1

    1

    51

    70

    Patrick Ewing

    3/24/1990

    18

    1

    1

    0

    51

    70

    Larry Bird

    11/10/1989

    13

    7

    0

    0

    50

    70

    So that's a look at the biggest, most stat stuffing games in the last quarter century. Feel free to ask any questions. If the answer isn't too hard to track down, I'll get it for you. 

    If you enjoyed this article, you might want to read this one too: 20 Best Games by Active NBA Players

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