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Most Triple Doubles in NBA Finals History: Nikola Jokic Gets Another One
- Nikola Jokic is slowly etching his name into the history books
- The Denver Nuggets superstar produced another historic performance in Game 3 of the 2023 NBA Finals
- He delivered an incredible stat line: 32 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Nikola Jokic cannot stop making history in every NBA game.
The Denver Nuggets superstar recorded another triple-double as they beat the Miami Heat 109-94 in the NBA Finals to take a 2-1 lead.
The two-time MVP became the first player in NBA Finals history with at least 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game. His teammate, Jamal Murray, also registered a triple-double in Game 2. He finished with 34 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes, per the Athletic.
The Serbian big man also became the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 2004 with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a finals game.
Jokic recently surpassed Wilt Chamberlain (7) for the most triple-doubles in a single postseason with 10. But who has the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history? It is difficult to dominate a game in the playoffs since so many things are at stake for teams and players.
Sports Brief looks at players with the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history.
Most triple-doubles in NBA Finals
LeBron James tops the list for obvious reasons. He led his teams to eight straight NBA Finals and was required to perform every night by fans and teammates. He has 11 triple-doubles. Trailing him is Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson, who has eight.
Johnson retired over two decades ago, but is still in the top two. Golden State Warriors veteran, Draymond Green has three triple-doubles in the NBA Finals.
Jokic has two triple-doubles from only three finals games. He is tied with Jimmy Butler, Larry Bird, Walt Frazier, Bob Cousy, and Bill Russell, who all have two, per Sporting News.
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Johnson and James are top of this list as well. Johnson leads the list with 30, while James has 28. Following them closely in the third spot is Jokic with 16. Interestingly, 10 of Jokic's triple-doubles have come in the 2023 NBA playoffs.
Jokic has been touted as the best player in basketball with his performances this season, both in the regular season and in the playoffs. He led the Nuggets to their first NBA Finals appearance. He could lead them to their first NBA championship later this month.
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Jokic is fifth in the all-time triple-doubles list with 105. The only active players ahead of him are Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, per Basketball Reference.
Jokic and Butler make history
Sports Brief recently reported on Jokic and Butler making history in Game 2 of the 2023 NBA Finals.
Jokic became the first NBA center to record at least 500 points and 100 assists in one postseason following his spectacular performance in Game 2.
Butler became the third Heat player to rack up 500 points, 100 rebounds, and 100 assists in a single postseason following his performance in Game 2 against the Nuggets.