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The NBA Players With The Most Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds Since 1984-85 Season

The NBA Players With The Most Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds Since 1984-85 Season

The NBA has always been the stage for generational talent, who build their legacy through winning big games with unbelievable stats.

When it comes to outstanding stats, the most famous player in the league must be Wilt Chamberlain, who created countless unbreakable records in the 1960s, including an average of 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game in a single season.

Since the 1980s, 30 points and 20 rebounds, separately, have been difficult to obtain for many players, not to mention in a single game. Let’s take a deep dive into who has had the most games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds.


10. Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 6

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 4

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 0

Career Stats: 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.2 BPG

Tim Duncan is widely considered the greatest power forward of all time. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft played 19 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs, where he helped the franchise atop the NBA five times.

Unlike most superstars, ‘The Big Fundamental’ was known for his unpretentious style, taking advantage of the most simple and effective tools, like mid-range shots, bank shots, post-up, etc. Duncan’s deep understanding of the game plus his reliable skills kept him at a high level for nearly two decades.

In Game 1 of the 2003 NBA Finals, Duncan dropped 32 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and seven blocks in an opening win against the New Jersey Nets. Duncan used only 17 shot attempts to obtain 32 points and limited the opponents' field goal percentage below 40% on the other end.

Duncan had only six games with at least 30 points and 20 assists largely because of the Spurs style. The system head coach Gregg Popovich had built focused on sharing the ball and protecting core players, and that’s why Duncan didn’t have a lot of fancy stats. But that is also why they could build a dynasty.


9. Anthony Davis

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Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 6

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 4

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 4

Career Stats: 23.8 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 2.3 BPG

Davis had six games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds, and four of them were over 40 points. When he played for the Pelicans, Davis could fill out the stats sheet any given night, whereas now is different because the Lakers need him to take more responsibility defensively.

One of Davis’ iconic games dated back to the 2015-16 season against the Detroit Pistons, where he contributed some eye-dropping numbers - 59 points and 20 rebounds. Also, his true shooting percentage in the game was 76.8, far above the league’s season-long average of 53.9.

When Davis initially came into the league, he had already made his name through his defense, leading the University of Kentucky to a national championship as a freshman. But his game has gradually evolved on the other end, adding different skills, like 3-point, floater, hook, etc. The 6-foot-10 forward now can dribble and shoot the ball like a guard, and power through other bigs in the paint.


8. Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 7

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 1

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 0

Career Stats: 17.6 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Who was the scariest double-double machine eight years ago? The answer is clearly Kevin Love.

33-year-old Love is just a solid role player coming off the bench for the Cleveland Cavaliers in most teenagers’ eyes. For older fans, however, he used to be the king of the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he always easily posted unbelievable stats.

Kevin Love has 456 double-doubles in his career, including a career-high 65 double-doubles in the 2013-14 season. 6-foot-8 Love is not a typical tall big man, but he is known for his skills and basketball IQ. Seven games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds are the best demonstration.

In 2010, Love made history with 31 points and 31 rebounds in a 112-103 Minnesota win against the New York Knicks, becoming the first player with 30-plus points and 30-plus rebounds in a game since Moses Malone in 1982.


7. Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 7

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 2

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 0

Career Stats: 12.1 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG

It might be difficult to imagine a player who averaged only 12.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game having seven games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds. But that shows how good Kevin Willis was in his prime.

In the 1991-92 season, 32-year-old Willis contributed 18.3 points and 15.5 rebounds per game, including 5.2 offensive rebounds. Willis is one of fifteen players in NBA history with over 16,000 career points and 11,000 career rebounds.

In 1991, the 7-footer dropped 30 points and 22 rebounds against the 56-win Boston Celtics led by Larry Bird. Willis out-muscled his opponents for easy rebounds and points in the paint, making his only All-Star appearance the same season.


6. Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 8

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 2

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 1

Career Stats: 15.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.8 BPG

Dwight Howard is an absolute monster during his Orlando Magic years, where he averaged 18.4 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.5, assists, 1.0 steal, and 2.2 blocks per game, including four seasons with an average of at least 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

Howard had eight games with at least 30 points and 20 points in his career. Though Howard was not known for his scoring skills, he still could make buckets because he was too strong and athletic for most matchups. However, other teams were willing to foul him during his prime due to his bad free throws. That’s why he had the fourth most games with 20-plus free-throw attempts, with 29 games.

In a game against the Golden State Warriors in 2012, Howard stepped on the free-throw line 39 times, which is the highest in history. Of the record-setting 39 attempts Howard took at the line, he made only 21, but he still scored 45 points and grabbed a remarkable 23 rebounds in the Magic's 117-109 victory.


5. Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 8

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 5

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 2

Career Stats: 21.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.4 BPG

The legendary Patrick Ewing had eight games with at least 30 points and 20 assists in his career, including three games in the 1989-90 season. On Nov 29, 1989, Ewing dropped 44 points on 63% shooting, 24 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in only 39 minutes as the New York Knicks defeated the Warriors.

The 7-footer spent most of his career (15 seasons) in the Big Apple, averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game and leading the team to the Finals two times. Ewing had at least 20-point and 10-rebound games in nine of those years.

The late 1980s and early 1990s were the NBA’s golden time for centers, including Ewing, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, etc. How competitive it was to make the All-NBA selection. But Ewing did it with his excellent scoring and rebounding ability. He was an 11-time All-Star, made seven All-NBA Teams, and made three All-Defensive Teams.


4. DeMarcus Cousins

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Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 10

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 8

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 3

Career Stats: 19.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.1 BPG

If DeMarcus Cousins could've stayed healthy, he would’ve had more than 10 games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds. And 10 games were all contributed before Cousins suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles. He was a nightmare for his opponents in his prime, affecting the game in various ways.

In 2018, Cousins posted 44 points, 23 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block in a Pelicans win 132-128 over the Chicago Bulls. The player who did it last was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972.

Though he has a bad reputation due to his attitude, he was a top-three center for years. His all-around offensive skills, plus his strength and height, gave him a great advantage in scoring and rebounding. That’s why he was so dominant on the offensive end when he was healthy.


3. Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon 1991-92

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 15

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 4

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 1

Career Stats: 21.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.1 BPG

Hakeem Olajuwon, known as ‘The Dream,’ is considered the masterful center in NBA history. The 7-footer is not only a scary matchup for anyone when he played but also an established teacher for many Hall of Famers when he retired, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, etc.

Olajuwon had 15 games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds during his 17 seasons with the Houston Rockets. On Dec 17, 1989, he dropped 32 points, 25 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a game against the Orlando Magic, which made him one of two players to ever accomplish 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks in one game; the other one is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Even in the era with a large number of extraordinary bigs, Olajuwon was probably the best among them because of his back-to-back championships. His versatile skills helped him take over the game on both ends, leading the team in most categories, like points, rebounds, and blocks.


2. Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal Los Angeles Lakers

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 18

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 9

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 4

Career Stats: 23.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.3 BPG

Shaquille O'Neal had only 18 games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds, which is hard to imagine because he was the most dominant player in history.

The 7-foot-1 center made every matchup look unfair due to his unbelievable strength, speed, and explosiveness. In his prime, most of the teams used three players to defend O'Neal, but he just destroyed them by dunking and rebounding over their heads.

On March 6, 2000, O'Neal posted 61 points on 68.6% shooting, including 35 free-throw attempts, and 23 rebounds in a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. Every time when he caught the ball deep in the paint, O’Neal just powered through the opponents and ended with a dunk or layup. It is said that O’Neal was angry because the Clippers refused to give him tickets for his family on his birthday night.


1. Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Games With 30 Points And 20 Rebounds: 19

Games With 35 Points And 20 Rebounds: 11

Games With 40 Points And 20 Rebounds: 3

Career Stats: 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG

Maybe young fans are being crazy for Zion Williamson’s unreal dunks and layups, but they probably don’t know that there was an MVP-level ‘Williamson’ decades ago, and his name is Charles Barkley.

The 6-foot-6 Barkley was truly the pioneer. Though shorter than the typical power forward, his strength and athleticism helped him become one of the NBA's most dominant rebounders and rim-attackers. He was a versatile player who had the ability to score, create plays, and defend.

Barkley had 19 games with at least 30 points and 20 assists, which is the highest of all-time, including five games over 70% shooting. On November 30, 1988, Barkley contributed 41 points on 81.3% shooting, 22 rebounds, five assists, and six steals in a 76ers win 114-106 over the Portland Trail Blazers. The power forward had 11 of his 16 seasons averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. That’s why he is the king of this category.

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