Dwight Howard Ties Career High for Rebounds in Houston Rockets Debut

Oct 30, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Bobcats 96-83. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 31, 2013

Dwight Howard made his official debut with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, and he certainly didn't disappoint, hauling down 26 rebounds.

Numbers Never Lie's official Twitter account confirmed that Howard's rebounds were indeed tied for the most for his career in one game.

The Rockets went on to win 96-83 over the Charlotte Bobcats. Howard finished the game going 8-of-14 from the field with 17 points, two blocks, two assists and the 26 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court.  

Just two minutes into the second half, Howard had already picked up 20 rebounds, and it looked like he was on pace to shatter his previous personal best. As a team, Houston won the rebound battle 54-37 over Charlotte, with Omer Asik grabbing 14 of his own.

James Harden had a big game as well, scoring 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting.  Jeremy Lin and Francisco Garcia played well coming off of the bench, scoring 35 points in 61 total minutes.

This is the third time in Howard's career that he's recorded 26 boards in one game.  The other two games were in April 2006 against the Philadelphia 76ers and in January 2013 against the Denver Nuggets.

This was obviously a big game for Howard and the Rockets, as they're looking to become one of the best teams in the Western Conference.  If this game was any indication of things to come, Houston is certainly going to have a successful season.

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