When there are 115 missed shots in an NBA game, there are going to be a lot of opportunities for someone to grab a whole bunch of rebounds. Fortunately for the 76ers, Lavoy Allen was there to catch the ball.
Allen had a career-high and team season-high 22 rebounds in Saturday night’s 87-76 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. It’s the first time a Sixers player had at least 20 boards in a game since Sam Dalembert did it in a loss to the Knicks on Jan. 13, 2010.
Allen’s effort was the 10th 22-rebound game in the NBA this season, but only one other player — Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao — had more than 11 offensive rebounds in a game this season. Allen grabbed 11 offensive boards against the Bobcats, which helped him get 14 points.
“All I did was put my hands up,” Allen said. “I wasn’t doing anything special.”
Then again, rebounding has always come natural for Allen, whose big night helped the Sixers improve to 22-27. Allen set the school record for most rebounds in a career while at Temple, breaking John Baum’s record that stood for 42 years.
When Allen joined the Sixers, he averaged 10 rebounds per 36 minutes and flirted with a few double-doubles during last season's playoff run. However, Allen never really had too many games where he racked up the rebounds.
That is, until Saturday night.
Allen's offensive rebounding pushes Sixers past Bobcats
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