With other high-stakes NBA action taking place, most fans probably tuned out Brooklyn against Charlotte. If you did, then you missed Dwight Howard make history.
Dwight Howard of the Charlotte Hornets made history Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Howard did something that many thought impossible. He made a March game between the Hornets and the Nets interesting. He dominated the game and put up 32 points while snatching 30 rebounds. He put up 19 points and 12 rebounds in the third quarter alone.
Howard notched a 30-30 game and joined the likes of Kevin Love, Robert Parish, and Moses Malone, who did it twice. This is only the fifth time a player has eclipsed the 30-30 mark since 1979 according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Kevin Love reached out to Howard via Twitter to congratulate him on the feat. Kevin Love had his 30-30 game in 2012 for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game against the New York Knicks.
Congrats to @DwightHoward the new Mr. 30/30. Hell of a night!!!
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) March 22, 2018
The future Hall of Famer is having a productive year in Charlotte despite the team having little success. Howard is averaging 16.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. He’s averaging a double-double for the 14th straight season.
It’s easy to forget just how dominant Howard can be in a league that is moving away from prototypical big men like him. The league is beginning to favor bigs who can stretch the floor and hit the outside shot. This game serves as a little reminder that the classic big man can still dominate in today’s NBA.
Brooklyn blew a 23-point lead against Howard and the Hornets. This was a game in which the Nets thought they had an easy win, but Howard and his cohorts came surging back in the second half. Charlotte executed much better down the stretch of this one to snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat.
The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls were in a position to inch closer to the Nets in lottery positioning, but Dwight Howard had something to say about that.
?DWIGHT? 19 points and 12 rebounds in the 3rd quarter ALONE. #BuzzCity @HornetsOnFSSE pic.twitter.com/hbki9Yi8H5
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 22, 2018
Dwight Howard tonight:
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) March 22, 2018