Leading MVP candidate Dwight Howard notched another piece of NBA history in the Orlando Magic’s 116-110 defeat of the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
When Dwight grabbed his ninth rebound of the game early in the third quarter against the Knicks it gave him 7,000 rebounds in his illustrious seven-year NBA career.
Dwight is now the youngest player ever to grab 7,000 rebounds, accomplishing the feat at the age of 25 years and 83 days. Already the NBA record holder for the fastest to 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 rebounds, the Magic’s star broke the 7,000-rebound record set previously by Wilt Chamberlain, who was 26 years, 128 days old.
Dwight delivered a dominant performance against the Knicks with 30 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots. He has nine games this season with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds. And in the last four seasons, Dwight has had 29 games with 30 and 15 – by far the most in the NBA.
Also, it’s the 11th straight game in which Dwight scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds – the longest such 20-10 streak of his career.
Dwight also recorded his 19th straight double-double and he can tie his Magic franchise record of 20 double-doubles Thursday night against the Miami Heat. Dwight had 20 straight double-doubles from Jan. 15-Feb. 26 of 2010.