Magic Johnson recorded his first career Finals triple-double, as a rookie, in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. At the end of his career, after 50 Finals games, Johnson finished with an NBA record 8 triple-doubles.
That record was broken 26 years later by LeBron James in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals. A year later, the King extended his lead atop the list with another triple-double in Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
In Game 3 of the 2020 NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double of 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, giving him the first Finals triple-double of his career. In scoring 40 points to record the feat, he joined James and Hall of Famer Jerry West as the only players in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double in the Finals.
A few games later, Butler, in just his fifth Finals game, recorded another triple-double with 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists - becoming only the second player ever after LeBron James to have multiple 30-point triple-doubles in a Finals series.
Here's the complete list of players with multiple NBA Finals triple-doubles:
|Player||NBA Finals games||Finals triple-doubles|
A total of 13 players have one Finals triple-double to their name - Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Jason Kidd, James Worthy, Tim Duncan, Rajon Rondo, Dave Cowens, Wes Unseld, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor.
What is a triple-double?
A triple-double is when a player reaches double figures in three of the following five statistical categories - points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.