triple-double

noun

tri·​ple-dou·​ble ˌtri-pəl-ˈdə-bəl How to pronounce triple-double (audio)
basketball
: an instance in which a player accumulates a total of 10 or more in three statistical categories (usually points, assists, and rebounds) in one game

Examples of triple-double in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butler, who has already established himself as one of the greatest players in Heat history, is among the Heat’s all-time career regular-season leaders in categories like free throws made (third place), assists (eighth place), steals (ninth place) and triple-doubles (first place). Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024 Meanwhile, six Celtics players finished with double-digit points led by 23 points from Tatum, who also closed with 10 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 21 Apr. 2024 Sabonis led the league in rebounding, double-doubles (77) and triple-doubles (26). Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 18 Apr. 2024 James finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 17 assists — his fifth triple-double of the season. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 No one ever played more majors as a pro — 70 — before winning a major for the first time. 2017 — Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson’s 56-year-old record with his 42nd triple-double of the season. 2021 — San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove no-hits the Texas Rangers. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Steph Chambers / Getty Images Even with the slow start, Clark is methodically working toward a triple-double with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Will Ujek, NBC News, 6 Apr. 2024 Although Doncic registered a 30-point triple-double, Andrew Wiggins, Moses Moody and Gary Payton II made each possession tough for him. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 Clark flirted with a triple-double, adding 7 rebounds and 12 assists to her unreal 41 points, including nine 3-pointers. Trisha Garcia-Easto, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of triple-double was in 1982

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“Triple-double.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triple-double. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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