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On This Day (Nov. 12)
Notable events from NBA history that occurred on November 12.
Board Man Gets Paid
On this day in 1993, the San Antonio Spurs’ Dennis Rodman had 24 rebounds and zero points in a loss to the Sacramento Kings. In his previous game, Rodman grabbed 25 rebounds and did not score in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. No player in NBA history has recorded more rebounds over a two-game span without scoring.
This was one of 158 career 20-rebound games for Rodman, the most such games by any player since the ABA-NBA merger:
158 — Dennis Rodman
125 — Moses Malone
98 — Andre Drummond
82 — Dwight Howard
60 — DeAndre Jordan
Rodman did not score in seven of those games, the most such games in NBA history.
Buckets, Boards, and Blocks
On this day in 2008, the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard tallied 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a 109-92 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since the NBA began tracking blocks in 1973-74, Howard is one of only four players to record at least 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a game (a total of five instances):
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Nov. 12, 1975)
Artis Gilmore (Dec. 20, 1977)
Hakeem Olajuwon (March 10, 1987)
Olajuwon (Dec. 17, 1989)
Dwight Howard (Nov. 12, 2008)
At 22 years and 340 days old, Howard is the youngest player to achieve the feat.
All You Need is Love
On this day in 2010, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love had 31 points, a franchise-record 31 rebounds, and five assists in a 112-103 win over the New York Knicks.
Love is one of only three players over the last 50 NBA seasons to record at least 30 points, 30 rebounds, and five assists in a game. The others to do so are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Feb. 3, 1978) and Robert Parish (March 30, 1979).
Ten days later, Love began a streak of 53 straight double-doubles, the longest such streak since the ABA-NBA merger.
Russell Westbrook’s Birthday
On this day in 1988, Russell Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California. An 11-time All-Star, one-time MVP, and member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, Westbrook has career averages of 22.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 8.4 APG in 1,032 games.
Westbrook holds the NBA records for most career triple-doubles (194), most triple-doubles in a season (42), and most consecutive triple-doubles (11). He and Oscar Robertson are the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, and Westbrook is the only one to do so more than once (four times).
LaMarcus Aldridge’s Debut
On this day in 2006, LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 points and eight rebounds in his NBA debut with the Portland Trail Blazers.
After averaging 9.0 PPG and 5.0 RPG as a rookie, the reliable Aldridge averaged at least 17 PPG and 7 RPG in each of his next 13 seasons. Only two players in NBA history have recorded a longer such streak (min. 70% of team’s games):
17 — Karl Malone
16 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
13 — Elvin Hayes
13 — Moses Malone
13 — Tim Duncan
13 — LaMarcus Aldridge