Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio came within one point and two steals of achieving a rare quadruple-double — double-digit numbers in four different statistical categories — in Wednesday’s 107-102 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Here’s a look at his game and some historical perspective:
Rubio’s stats: Nine points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, eight steals and one turnover while playing 34-plus minutes.
Who’s in the Quadruple-Double Club?
San Antonio’s David Robinson, Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon (twice within 26 days in 1990), San Antonio’s Alvin Robertson and Chicago’s Nate Thurmond are the only NBA players who have recorded 10 or more points, rebounds, assists and either steals or blocked shots in a single game.
Who did it last? Robinson had 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks against Detroit on Feb. 17, 1994.
Rubio’s consolation prize: His eight steals tied the franchise record he shares with Tyrone Corbin and Terrell Brandon and his own career high, first done in April 2013 against Milwaukee.
Did you know? Rubio’s was the NBA’s first 4 x 8 game — at least eight points, rebounds, assists and blocks or steals — since Andrei Kirilenko did so with Utah on March 8, 2006. The last 4 x 8 game reached with steals rather than blocked shots was by Metta World Peace on March 31, 2002.
Rubio’s last words: “When I’m out there, I’m just trying to win the game, especially when we’re down by 20. It’s something you look at after the game. After a loss, it doesn’t matter if it’s a quadruple-double or whatever. It’s a loss. It doesn’t feel good.”