The New Orleans Pelicans came away with a win in Memphis last night to keep their hopes of gaining the 8th playoff spot in the west alive. Pelicans center Anthony Davis was key as he helped force Marc Gasol into five turnovers while also blocking four Grizzlies shot attempts. The 2012 number one overall draft pick led all scorers with 27 points.
Memphis was kept alive by the dominating rebounding efforts of Zach Randolph. The former Michigan State star pulled down 20 rebounds including 10 on the offensive end. Randolph’s double-digit offensive rebound total marks the tenth time in his thirteen year NBA career that he has gone for double figures. ”Z-Bo” tied Erick Dampier and Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time list of double-digit offensive rebound games*.
The total of ten games is more than Ben Wallace (8 games) and Tim Duncan (7) posted in their careers. Randolph still has a long way to catch Dennis Rodman, the greatest rebounder since the days of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. ”The Worm” pulled down 10+ offensive boards in 45 career games including eight in ’98 alone.
1998 was also the season that New Jersey Nets center Jayson Williams went bonkers for coach John Calipari. Williams averaged seven offensive rebounds per night and pulled down 10+ offensive boards in 15 games that year alone.
*since 1985-86 which excludes the peak seasons of Moses Malone