Dwight Howard 'thankful' after posting rare 30-30 game

Hornets center Dwight Howard had one of the rarest stat lines in NBA history Wednesday night.

He scored 32 points and added 30 rebounds in the Charlotte’s 111-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. This was the first 30-30 game since Kevin Love had 31 points and 31 rebounds with the Timberwolves back in 2010.

When Howard was asked how he achieved the historic feat, he was almost lost for words.

“I don’t know. I just thank God,” he said while shaking his head during a postgame interview.

Only two 30-30 games have been recorded in the last 36 years. Prior to Love’s exploits, the previous 30-30 night was made by Moses Malone, who had 38 points and 32 rebounds in a game played back in 1982.

“Never been part of something like that,” Hornets teammate Kemba Walker said to ESPN. “It was incredible. Yeah, it was incredible to see those kinds of numbers and be a part of it. Yeah, it was crazy.”

Every point and rebound was needed by Howard as the Hornets rallied back from a 23-point deficit. In 71 games this season, he’s averaging 16.6 points and 12.2 rebounds.

“I’m thankful. Just very thankful.”

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