Dwight Howard notches NBA's first 30-30 game (factors, boards) in 7-plus years

Dwight Howard made a March Hornets-Nets game fascinating.

The Charlotte middle turned the first NBA participant since Kevin Love in 2010, and — per the Elias Sports activities Bureau — the fourth participant courting to 1979 to document a 30-30 game: 30 or extra factors, 30 or extra rebounds.

Howard went for 32 and 30 in main the Hornets to a comeback win in Brooklyn.

He stated after the game that he knew he was closing in on the milestone and even requested an opponent to offer him a chance to succeed in it.

“Once I had 29 (rebounds) I informed (Nets ahead Quincy) Acy, ‘Man, I’m not egocentric, but when I get an opportunity to get a rebound, please don’t foul me.’” Howard advised Fox Sports activities Southeast, per The Charlotte Observer. “I received it. I am grateful.”

Howard has been doing work for the lottery-sure Hornets all season; he is averaging sixteen.6 factors and 12.2 rebounds in seventy two video games. But, he informed reporters, his efficiency Wednesday was a response to what he thought-about a dip in his depth.

“I simply thought that my power and energy wasn’t the place it wanted to be for our group to achieve success,” Howard stated, per The Related Press. “Received a textual content at halftime from any person and it type of obtained me motivated and gave me some additional power.”