Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is a rebounding machine. Monday night’s matchup versus the New York Knicks saw Drummond grab a career-high 26 rebounds in a 96-85 Pistons victory. The 20-year-old has made yet another statement as to why he is one of the NBA’s rising young stars. The rest of the basketball world has no choice but to focus its attention on him.
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is the only other player in the NBA this season to have 26 rebounds in a single game. Therefore, Drummond and Howard are now tied for the most rebounds in a game this season. In head-to-head matchups this season, Howard and the Rockets have swept Drummond and the Pistons 2-0 in the regular-season series. The series is split, however, in terms of rebounding performances between these two centers.
Prior to Monday night’s win over the Knicks, Drummond had a game-high 17 rebounds in a 118-110 road loss to the Rockets on March 1. Although his team did win that game, Howard, on the other hand, finished with only eight rebounds. Back in December, Detroit suffered a 114-97 home loss to Houston. Howard outperformed Drummond by raking in a game-high 19 rebounds. Drummond only had a total of six rebounds that night.
The Pistons are 15-19 so far this season in games in which Drummond has had the game-high in rebounds. Prior to Monday night, the most rebounds Drummond had been able to accumulate in a single game this season was 22; a feat he achieved twice just in the past month. On Feb. 7, Drummond grabbed 22 rebounds to help his team defeat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 111-95. On Feb. 18, Drummond once again finished with 22 boards in a 108-96 home loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
With their 11-point win over the Knicks, the Pistons have snapped a four-game losing streak. They still have yet to qualify for the postseason. They have 22 games left to play in the regular season. On Wednesday (March 5), the Pistons take on the Chicago Bulls at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.