Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum had a beast of a game Wednesday night when he grabbed an eye-popping 30 rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs in a 98-84 Lakers win. Who was the last player to accomplish such a feat?
You have to go back to November 2010, when Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love pulled down 31 boards - 12 offensive and 19 defensive -- to find the last NBA player to have a 30-rebound game.
Bynum was hard on himself after the game against the Spurs, criticizing his offensive performance. Bynum missed 13 of the 20 shots he attempted.
I'm going to go to the gym and try to fix that, the Lakers center told the Los Angeles Times.
But Bynum also reflected on his 30 rebounds and was humble as he described his effort to the paper.
They missed a lot of jump shots, he said, referring to the Spurs. They were shooting very quickly and they were coming off really nice and soft. A lot of [the rebounds] came to me. They missed airballs and they fell right to me. I just had my hands ready.
Bynum's 30-rebound game was reminiscent of Laker great Walt Chamberlain.
Chamberlain has the NBA's all-time record for rebounds in a game at 55, achieved in November 1960 against the Philadelphia Warriors. Chamberlain also had multiple 40-rebound games.