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  • noun The achievement of double-digit totals in three categories, especially in scoring, rebounds, and assists, by a single player in one game.


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  • The basketball term, coined by Philadelphia 76ers statistician Harvey Pollack, for when a player attains double-digit totals (10 or more) in any three of these categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, or blocked shots.

    "Michael Jordan, playing point guard for the 13th straight game, had his fifth consecutive triple-double and ninth of the season as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Nets, 106-95, today."

    The New York Times, Triple-Double for Jordan, April 3, 1989

    July 28, 2008