In tonight's game against the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Lebron James put up 20 points, 12 assists and 15 rebounds; good for a triple-double in his third consecutive game. Whenever a player like James does something spectacular, many people begin to think in terms of all-time records. So some are probably wondering, what is the longest streak of triple-doubles in the NBA?
For those who don't know, a triple-double is a single-game performance in which a player records a double-digit figure in at least three of the following five statistics: points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocked shots. The most common triple-double is comprised of points, assists and rebounds.
The Longest Streak
In 1968, Wilt Chamberlain scored a triple-double in nine consecutive NBA games during March 8th and March 20th. During that same season, Chamberlain also posted the NBA's only double-triple-double; a game in which a player achieves at least a mark of 20 in any of the aforementioned five statistics. Chamberlain, of course, is most famous for holding the NBA's single-game scoring record of 100 points.
There have been a few other impressive triple-double streaks in NBA history. Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook have each had seven game streaks. Jordan's streak took place during the 1988-1989 season, and was part of a stretch during which he had 10 triple-doubles in 11 games. Westbrook's came just last season, when he also broke the NBA single-season record for triple-doubles; he had 42 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Simply put, the NBA record for most consecutive triple-doubles is unlikely to be broken any time soon. Three from James is certainly impressive, and comes as another indication of the caliber of player he is. But obviously, he'd need to repeat the feat in seven more games in order to overtake Chamberlain. It will be fun to keep an eye on that!