What is a triple-double in basketball?

Achieving double digits in three categories in a basketball game

In basketball, a triple-double is a statistical term for a player achieving double digits in three categories in a single game. For example, a player who scores double digits in points, assists, and rebounds achieves a triple-double.

A player can achieve double digits in the following categories:

  • Points
  • Assists
  • Rebounds
  • Steals
  • Blocked shots

Who uses triple-double?

Basketball announcers, fans, and players may all use triple-double whether they are announcing a game or discussing it in person or online. For example, fans may be talking about a game on Twitter and say, "I can't believe Westbrook is so bad when he broke the triple-double record just a couple of years ago."


He has three triple-doubles in the last 7 games to lead them on this winning streak
He's making a strong case for MVP, too
Triple-double tweet
Triple-double tweet

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Updated October 31, 2022

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