This Date in Nuggets History: Jan. 24, 1987

Fat Lever shows why he is Denver's triple-double king
by Aaron Lopez

Midway through the 2013-14 NBA season, 12 players have combined to record 16 triple-doubles.

During the 1986-87 season, Denver Nuggets do-it-all guard Lafayette “Fat” Lever had 16 triple-doubles by himself.

On Jan. 24, 1987, Lever started a remarkable string of three straight triple-doubles by posting 25 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Nuggets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 132-122 at McNichols Sports Arena.

Two nights later, Lever collected 36 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Denver’s overtime loss at Portland. His triple-double run concluded on Jan. 29, 1987, with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists against the Dallas Mavericks.

Overall, Lever recorded a staggering 46 career triple-doubles, including three in the playoffs with the Nuggets. He remains the runaway franchise leader in the category; the next closest player is Dikembe Mutombo with eight.


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