Nate Thurmond quadruple-doubles

On October 18, 1974, Nathaniel “Nate the Great” Thurmond became the first NBA player to complete a quadruple-double, lifting the Chicago Bulls to a 120-115 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Thurmond totaled 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks. The Hawks led the Bulls 56-51 going into halftime and the score was tied at 108 at the end of regulation.

The Ohio native was chosen by the San Francisco Warriors  third overall in the 1963 NBA draft. San Francisco became Golden State during Thurmond’s time with the team. He also played with Chicago and the Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 1977.

While with the Warriors, Thurmond quickly became an apprentice to Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain who is best remembered for scoring 100 points in a single game.

Thurmond was chosen for seven All-Star games but only participated in five. He played in the post-season all nine of the 15 seasons he was a professional ball player, getting to the finals twice but never received a ring. His number was retired by Cleveland and Golden State. He was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984 and to cap it off, he was named one of the league’s 50 greatest players.

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Thurmond passed away in July at age 74 after a short battle with Leukemia.

Since Thurmond’s quadruple-double, four more players have achieved a similar landmark statistic.

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