NBA: 3 Games in which two teammates recorded a triple-double in the same game
- This is a very rare accomplishment and only few hall-of-fame players were the ones to achieve it
Scoring a triple-double is a very prestigious achievement and talks about the player's all-round ability to impact the game. Throughout the history of the game, we have seen some legendary players who were known for their ability to post triple-doubles on a nightly basis.
Oscar Robertson is currently at the top of the all-time triple-doubles leaders' list with 181 triple-doubles. Russell Westbrook became the first NBA player to average a triple-double over the season for two consecutive years(2016-17, 2017-18).
There have been very few games in the NBA when two teammates recorded a triple-double in the same game. Let us take a look at three such games where this rare landmark was reached.
#3 Larry Bird and Robert Parish
Bird's stat line: 17 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and a steal on 43.8 % shooting
Parish's stat line: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 blocks and steal on 50.0 % shooting
Larry Bird and Robert Parish were part of the Celtics' Big 3 involving Kevin McHale and the trio led the Celtics to three NBA Championships. The Celtics were a force to reckon with during the Big 3 era and dismantled the oppositions without any difficulty.
During the 1986-87 season, the Celtics were 52-19 and visited Philadelphia for a game against the Sixers. Larry Bird had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists on the night in 40 minutes of action. He went 7-for-16 from the field, with a field-goal percentage of 43.8.
Parish too had himself a night and scored 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to put together a triple-double. He was also effective on the defensive end and swatted 2 blocks along with a steal.