The first ever recorded quadruple-double game happened on October 18 in 1974. Nate Thurmond did it in his first game in a Chicago Bulls jersey against the Atlanta Hakws. Thurmond finished the game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks displaying tremendous versatility on both ends of the floor.
It’s important to mention that blocks and steals weren’t recorded until the 1973-1974 season. Thurmond wasn’t so fascinated by his accomplishment because he knew guys like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain did it several times during their career in the 60’s.
“There were plenty of quadruple-doubles back in the 1960s. When I first came into the league, I played alongside with Wilt Chamberlain, and there were nights he and I were playing volleyball out there on the floor, blocking shots, deflecting passes, tipping rebounds. So it’s fairly obvious that Wilt had plenty of chances to get double figures in four categories.”
Thurmond also had a lot of of respect for Bill Russell who was capable to have a quadruple-double on a nightly basis.
“Bill Russell could also fill the stat sheet and was a threat for a quadruple-double on a nightly basis. He was a great shot-blocker and passer, besides being a tremendous overall defender.”
Thurmond didn’t think anything special about his accomplishment, especially since he said he knows for a fact he did it numerous times before and nobody paid any attention to it.
“You think I never had a quadruple-double before 1973-74, when the NBA first started recording blocks and steals? Let me put it this way: I had 12 blocks in my quadruple-double game, and it was my 12th year in the league. That’s with two bad knees and more than 30,000 minutes pounding NBA floors, night after night. You bet I had plenty of quadruple-doubles before 1974.”