- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dwight Howard became the second NBA player in the last 36 seasons to post a 30-30 game when he scored 32 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in the Charlotte Hornets’ 111-105 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

It was a career high in rebounds for Howard, 32. He made 11 rebounds on the offensive glass and the other 19 on defense while the rest of his team combined for 38 rebounds.

Howard also accomplished the feat in just 34 minutes on the floor.

The big man said he was inspired by a text message he received at halftime.

“I just thought that my energy and effort wasn’t where it needed to be for our team to be successful,” Howard said of how he played in the first half of Wednesday’s win. “Got a text at halftime from somebody, and it kind of got me motivated and gave me some extra energy.”

Twenty of his 30 boards came in the second half, with No. 30 coming in the last two seconds of the game.

The only other player to achieve the feat since the 1980s was Kevin Love during his Minnesota Timberwolves days.

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