Clint Capela became 1st Houston player with back-to-back 20-rebound games since 1996
Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela had another huge outing in his team’s Christmas Day matchup against the Oklahoma Thunder. The Rockets came away with the 113-109 victory, and Capela’s 16-point, 23-rebound double-double certainly helped their cause.
Not only did the 24-year-old put up another monster line, but on Tuesday, Capela also set a franchise record for having back-to-back 20-rebound games — a feat that has not been achieved since 1996.
Clint Capela with 23 rebounds in consecutive games. The last Rockets player to have 20 rebounds in back-to-back games was Charles Barkley in November, 1996.
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Capela also went 8-of-15 from the field on the evening, while chipping in with three assists, one steal, and one block against the Thunder.
The 6-foot-10 center is currently having the best year of his career, with averages of a career-high 17.1 points (on 63.5 percent shooting), 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.0 blocks in 33.6 minutes per ballgame.
Capela has certainly been a huge boost for the Rockets, who have already been through a number of rough patches this year. Chris Paul is currently out with a hamstring issue and isn’t expected to be back within the next couple of weeks, so Capela’s contributions on the offensive end has become even more important for the Rockets. After all, someone has to give James Harden some help, right?
With the Christmas Day victory against the Thunder, the Rockets have notched their seventh win in eight games. This has allowed the team to improve their record to 18-15, as they creep their way to the top half of the Western Conference Playoffs picture.
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