Nowdays when somebody has a triple-double in the NBA, it’s no longer a big deal. Players are more versatile these days then before so triple-doubles are no longer so significant. Quadruple-double is a totally different thing and its a true rarity in today’s game. Only a few legends actually accomplished such a feat that truly measures someone’s dominance in the game of basketball.
On this date back in 1990, for only the third time in NBA history, a stat line that displayed dominance at its finest form was put up by one and only Hakeem Olajuwon. It was a regular season game against two almost equal teams, however, that night Hakeem asserted himself as the best player on both ends of the floor. He would join an elite company of Nate Thurmond, Alvin Robertson, and David Robinson who were able to accomplish such a feat.
Hakeem finished the game with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 blocked shots. Apart from scoring Hakeem had the most blocked shots, rebounds and assists in that game in 40 minutes of action. The Rockets won 94-120 and Hakeem received standing ovations from the crowd for his epic performance.
During that time in the season, Hakeem was playing incredibly well. A couple of weeks before his quadruple-double game, Hakeem posted another monstrous stat line when he finished the game with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 9 assists and 11 blocks which were one assist shy for a quadruple-double.
Hakeem was playing extremely well that season averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and almost 5 blocks per contest which absolutely absurd. When you look at the numbers it’s easier to understand that the quadruple double he achieved that night was a mere result of great rhythm and pure basketball brilliance.