Video: Nicolas Batum records the first 5x5 since 2006
Nicolas Batum joined some statistical history by getting at least five points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks against the New Orleans Hornets.
Entering tonight's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Hornets, only seven players in NBA history had recorded at least five in each category of the five main statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks). With an 11-point, 10-assist, five-rebound, five-block, and five-steal night for Nicolas Batum, he became the eighth player in 27 years to accomplish this feat.
It's been done a total of 15 times now in the last 27 years. Batum joins Hakeem Olajuwon (six times), Andrei Kirilenko (three times), David Robinson (once), Vlade Divac (once), Marcus Camby (once), Derrick Coleman (once) and Jamal Tinsley (once) to record a 5x5 in this era. The last one occurred on January 3, 2006 by Andrei Kirilenko against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Batum grabbed his fifth and final rebound with 1:16 left in the game to finish off his 5x5. About one minute and 15 seconds later, Damian Lillard iced the game with a game-winning 3-point shot. The Blazers won 95-94.
The last player to come close to getting a 5x5 but failing to do so was Dwyane Wade on March 28, 2010 when he ended up two blocks shy of the 5x5. Andrei Kirilenko had a game on November 30, 2007 when he came one block short of his fourth 5x5. A week and a half ago, Kirilenko came close again with eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocks in a Minnesota win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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