quadruple double


A quadruple-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number total in four of these five categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. In NBA history, only four players have recorded officially recognized quadruple-double performances.


The NBA officially recognizes four quadruple-doubles:

Near misses

On March 3 1990, Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets was credited with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 blocks in a game against Golden State. The NBA does not recognize this as a quadruple-double in his biography, although he is credited with 10 assists in his career stats. The initial game report credited Olajuwon with only 9 assists. Later review of the game by the team led to him being awarded a tenth assist; however, the NBA did not allow the late change and refused to recognize the feat as a quadruple-double.

Other notable instances have occurred where players with triple-doubles finished the game within one stat of a quadruple-double:

Prior to 1973-74

The NBA started recording both blocked shots and steals in the 1973-74 season, so quadruple-doubles have only been possible since that time. There is much speculation that Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, two of the best all-around players before that time, may have recorded quadruple-doubles, as they both were very skilled at blocking shots. Also, other players from the era, notably Jerry West and Oscar Robertson, could conceivably have had quadruple-doubles. However, as not many games of that time were recorded on film and blocks and steals were not official statistics at the time, this is largely conjectural.

Unofficially, Jerry West once scored 44 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks according to his official NBA biography. Wilt Chamberlain also recorded one known instance; in Game 1 of the 1967 Eastern Division Finals versus the Boston Celtics he tallied 24 points, 32 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks according to the game's statistician.

American Basketball Association (2000–)

NCAA Division I men

American Basketball League

NCAA Division I women


Analogous to a quadruple-double, a quintuple-double can be defined as a performance in which an individual collects at least 10 each of points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in a single game. Since such a feat has never happened at any level of basketball, the term five-by-five has been coined for a game where a player gets at least 5 each of the five stats listed.


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