Thursday, January 29, 2009

The "IT" Thing to do in Basketball This Week...

... is apparently flirting with ridiculous stat-lines, particularly if you play in the backcourt.

Monday night Chris Paul flirted with a rare quadruple-double against the Sixers, finishing with 27 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and seven steals, for his league-leading fifth triple-double this season.

The following night was LeBron's turn to put up an insane stat-line. While teammate Mo Williams stole some of the spotlight with his career-high 43 points, LeBron finished with his third triple-double of the season, chipping in 23 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.

That would be back-to-back nights where basketball fans witnessed a triple-double, which is somewhat of a rare occurrence. But wait, there's more.

Wednesday night it was Dwyane Wade's chance to match his fellow superstars. He finished the third quarter with 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. A triple-double was almost guaranteed... until Wade got to rest for the entire fourth quarter.

So no third triple-double in three nights for basketball fans, right? Wrong. All basketball fans had to do witness another one Wednesday night was to catch the Florida Gators hosting reigning SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs.

Florida guard Nick Calathes posted the third triple-double in school history (Corey Brewer had the first), and the second of his career against the Bulldogs. Calathes put up 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists before being benched in the final five minutes of a Florida blowout victory.

Can we make it four nights in a row with a triple-double? Tune in tomorrow to find out!

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