Triple-doubles used to be uncommon, even as Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James have recently produced a spike in them.
But San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson long ago one-upped these luminaries by recording the NBA’s last quadruple-double.
Only three other players have ever registered such a feat: Hall-of-Fame centers Nate Thurmond and Hakeem Olajuwon, as well as guard Alvin Robertson. Thurmond told ESPN.com it takes a perfect game on both ends without being too selfish or drawing fouls on block attempts.
“You have to love defense to get a quadruple-double,” Thurmond told LZ Granderson.
Robinson joined the exclusive club Feb. 17, 1994, against the Detroit Pistons. He could do no wrong that night. He powered his way through traffic, dunked more than his NBAJam character, fought for boards and swatted numerous weak-side shots.
Robinson’s thunderous putback slam off Sleepy Floyd’s missed three provided his tenth board. That set him one block shy for the historic feat. He reached that goal shortly after by denying Lindsey Hunter’s shot in the lane.
When all was said and done, No. 50 notched 34 points on 12-for-20 shooting, along with 10 rebounds, assists and blocks a piece. He added two steals and coughed up only one turnover for good measure.
No one has reached these storied numbers these past 26 years. Some have been close, and maybe someone like Giannis Antetokounmpo calls next.
One thing’s for sure, however: The Admiral could flat out ball.
Bob Bajek is an award-winning investigative journalist and TBW staff writer who has extensive experience in news and sportswriting for various outlets including Bleacher Report, The Chicago Tribune and Pro Football Weekly. He firmly believes Drake spread the Gospel of Steph before his official coming… and fans need to forgive the Warriors after providing free tacos for four NBA Finals.