The Charlotte Hornets have had a disappointing season and will once again miss out on the playoffs but one bright spark in their campaign has been the form of Dwight Howard.
The Hornets acquired the center in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks last summer and reunited him with head coach Steve Clifford, who worked with him during his best years with the Orlando Magic.
Howard believed that Clifford was the perfect coach to get him back to playing at a high level after he endured difficult stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta since leaving Orlando.
Throughout the year, the veteran has been playing arguably the best basketball since his days with the Magic and he underlined this with a monster performance on Wednesday night.
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year inspired Charlotte to a 111-105 win over the Brooklyn Nets with an outrageous double-double of 32 points and 30 rebounds.
He becomes the first player to post a 30-30 game since Kevin Love did it with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010.
The 32-year-old is also just the second to post this truly unique stat line in the last 36 years.
Love took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow big man for his rare feat and welcome him to the exclusive club.
Prior to the duo, Moses Malone was the last player to post these numbers when he notched 38 points and 32 rebounds in a game in 1982.
Howard credited a text message he received at half-time for his huge display.
"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, per ESPN.
"Got a text at halftime from somebody, and it kind of got me motivated and gave me some extra energy."
According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player aged 30 or older to post a 30-30 game since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1978.
The last player older than Howard to reach the historic mark was Wilt Chamberlain, who had the last of his record 124 30-30 games at the age of 35, according to Elias (via ESPN).
"I mean, that's great to be named with someone like Kareem," Howard said. "It's one of the guys I looked up to growing up, him and Wilt Chamberlain."
The former All-NBA man is averaging 16.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game and was close to making an All-Star team again this year but missed out mainly because of his team's losing record.
He has proven he can still be a dominant presence in the paint on both ends of the floor and it's up to the Hornets to surround him with enough talent to compete in the east next season.
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