Who has the most triple-doubles in NBA Playoffs history? LeBron James, Nikola Jokic climbing the list
Nuggets star Nikola Jokic continues to etch his name in the NBA history books.
After passing the great Wilt Chamberlain for the most triple-doubles in NBA Playoffs history for a center in Game 5 against the Suns, Jokic playfully joked with Shaquille O’Neal on his whereabouts on the list.
“Where is Shaq in that list? Is Shaq in that list?” Jokic joked. “Nope, because I never passed, Big Honey,” O’Neal responded as the two shared a laugh.
“Where is Shaq in that list? Is Shaq in that list?” 😂😂
The Joker came for Shaq after passing Wilt for the most Playoff triple-doubles by a center 🤣 pic.twitter.com/lc0fCeGLFG
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Jokic achieved the feat again as the Nuggets eliminated the Suns in Game 6, going off for 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 25-point blowout.
Five days later, he recorded his third straight triple-double, exploding for 34 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists to lead Denver to a Game 1 win over the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.
In doing so, he became the first player in NBA history to have multiple 30-20-10 playoff triple-doubles.
Right on cue, he followed it up in Game 2 against the Lakers with his fourth-straight triple-double, recording 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists.
He joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with four-straight triple-doubles in the playoffs, also tying Chamberlain’s record for the most triple-doubles in a single playoff run with seven in 1967.
It didn’t take him long to make the record his own, getting up to his usual tricks in Game 4 against the Lakers, recording his eighth triple-double of the postseason.
KCP gives Denver the lead!
Jokic now up to 10 assists, giving him a triple-double and breaking the record for triple-doubles in a single postseason 👏
Game 4 | Q3 on ESPN pic.twitter.com/qj1pSiW8dE
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Who has the most triple-doubles in NBA Playoffs history? The Sporting News has you covered below.
Most triple-doubles in NBA Playoffs history
Magic Johnson is the NBA’s all-time leader for playoff triple-doubles with 30. James is right on his tail, registering 28 career playoff triple-doubles.
Jokic is now two clear of Russell Westbrook (12) — the NBA’s all-time triple-double leader — in third place with 14. Jason Kidd ranks fifth with 11. Draymond Green, Rajon Rondo and Larry Bird are all tied for sixth with 10, rounding out the list of players to record at least 10 playoff triple-doubles.
James and Jokic could continue to climb up the list in the 2023 NBA Playoffs as their teams fight to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
While James has yet to record a triple-double in these playoffs, Jokic has already registered eight.
Published at Tue, 23 May 2023 02:29:00 +0000
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