For only the second time in the past 13 seasons, there were three triple-doubles in the same day (the other instance was a year ago). Each of the three triple-doubles had an unusual characteristic.
Here’s a runthrough:
The quick triple-double
This marked the fifth time in Westbrook’s career that he had a triple-double while playing fewer than 30 minutes. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the most such games since minutes were first tracked in 1951-52.
The triple-double off the bench
Elias notes that Smart is only the second Celtics player to record a triple-double off the bench since the NBA began tracking starts in 1970-71. The other is Art “Hambone” Williams, who did so in 1971.
If you’re wondering who Hambone Williams was, he averaged 5.3 points in eight seasons split between the NBA and ABA. He won a championship ring as a backup point guard with the Celtics in 1973-74. An article in the Miami Herald in 2012 noted that he got the nickname Hambone in junior high when someone yelled out the word and he happened to turn around.
The triple-double with blocks
Whiteside has three triple-doubles, with blocked shots as one of the stats, in the past three seasons. The rest of the NBA has none in that span.
Whiteside's three triple-doubles with blocks are already tied for the most in the past 20 seasons, along with Marcus Camby and Shawn Bradley. But Whiteside has done so in about one-ninth as many games as Camby, and about one-sixth as many games as Bradley.