Heat star becomes only 10th NBA player to achieve impressive feat since 1983

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After sitting out Miami's Friday night game against the Atlanta Hawks through suspension, Hassan Whiteside made a triumphant return to the hardwood on Saturday night to help the Heat overcome the Washington Wizards.

The center started the game on the bench but marked his return with an impressive 25 points, 23 rebound performance and, in doing so, joined a fairly elite club in the process.

As noted by NBA reddit user 'Israelipm', Whiteside is only the 10th player since the 1983-84 NBA season to register a 20 point, 20 rebound game off the bench.

According to ESPN's Elias Sports Bureau, the 26-year-old was the first player to achieve the feat since Kevin Love came off the bench in March 2010. Before that, it was Shawn Bradley for the Mavericks way back in April 1998.

Playing just under 30 minutes, it was a truly impressive performance from Whiteside and his head coach Eric Spoelstra hopes it leads to better things from the player.

"The next challenge for him is the consistency," Spoelstra said after Miami's 114-94 win. "Now does he have to do a 20-20 again on Monday? No, that is not what we're asking for.

"It's the not the statistics. It's his approach. His walk-through was fantastic and his detail and effort and focus during the course of the game was probably close to a season-high."

Whiteside's talent has become increasingly obvious in recent months and Heat fans will be hoping he can show it on a more consistent basis moving forward.

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