Stat Line of the Night – 12/12/2013 – LaMarcus Aldridge
Last night the first-place Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Houston Rockets, and Dwight Howard scored 32 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with two steals and three blocks. Combine this with the fact that James Harden scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds of his own—to go along with his game-high seven assists—and you have the makings for a Rockets victory.
However, the Rockets did not win. The Blazers won 111-104, and the man largely responsible for that was LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers center/power forward chipped in 31 points to go along with his two assists and two blocks. But the stat that really stands out was his 25 rebounds.
Let’s put that number into perspective, shall we? Last season, the two highest single game rebound totals in the NBA belonged to Tyson Chandler and Nikola Vucevic, who grabbed 28 and 29 respectively. The highest single-game total ever recorded was 35 by Charles Oakley in 1988. And last year’s rebound champ, Dwight Howard, averaged “just” 12.4 per game.
So Aldridge’s 25 rebounds last night? They tied him for the 11th highest single game total of all-time. And any time you use the phrase “all-time” in describing a guy’s game, that’s pretty good. So it’s pretty much a no-brainer that LaMarcus Aldridge gets our “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, December 12, 2013.