Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/6/14
The big news Wednesday night was that the Los Angeles Lakers earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 99-95 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. But a story that largely went under the radar was that Lakers center Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to notch 9,000 rebounds The 27-year-old grabbed his 9,000th rebound in the first quarter, reaching the milestone 14 days faster than Wilt Chamberlain. Howard does have a bit of an advantage over the competition though, considering he jumped straight to the NBA from high school. Howard accomplished the feat at 27 years and 130 days old, while Chamberlain was 27 years and 144 days old. Bill Russell now sits in third place, he was 27 years and 357 days old when he reached 9,000 boards. When only considering games played, Howard was the 13th fastest to the mark, as it took him 697 contests to reach it. Still, it’s an impressive feather in Howard’s cap. Despite struggling through his recovery from back surgery all season, the seven-time All-Star managed to lead the NBA in rebounds per game (12.4) and defensive rebounds per game (9.1). The 2012-13 season marked the fifth occasion he has topped the NBA in rebounds. Howard capped off the regular season by scoring 16 points and grabbing 18 rebounds against the Rockets. But most importantly for the Lakers, their prized center looked dominant defensively on Wednesday night. His rim protection on the defensive end almost single-handedly slowed down Houston’s high-powered offense. He finished the game with four blocks and three steals. With Kobe Bryant done for the year thanks to a ruptured Achilles tendon, Howard and fellow big man Pau Gasol must step up if the Lakers want to survive at all in the playoffs. Gasol was a difference-maker Wednesday night as well, as he busted out a perfectly-timed triple-double. He finished with 17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists. Los Angeles must now rely heavily on its twin towers and how Steve Nash can find his way back onto the court if the team hopes to challenge the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. *Originally posted to Rumors and Rants The post Dwight Howard becomes youngest NBA player to reach 9,000 rebounds appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Broncos reportedly waive kicker McManus, sign Connor Barth

Report: Browns not committed to Brian Hoyer long-term

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox officially agree to contract

Ex-NFLer passed out in Wendy's drive-thru, arrested for DUI

Ex-NFL DB Fred Smoot arrested on domestic assault charges

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson: ‘I didn’t get drafted to lose games’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jose Canseco's fiancée Leila Knight breaks it off with slugger

Rex Ryan reportedly wants to start Michael Vick in Week 13

Tom Thibodeau: Derrick Rose must ‘get out there and play’

Reports: Jon Lester, Red Sox still engaged in contract talks

Peter King, Red Sox picked the wrong time to send these tweets

Report: Pablo Sandoval felt disrespected by Giants

Why Packers' offense continues to evolve despite success

'Fire Idzik' billboard updated with suggestion for Jets owner

Watt buys pizza, shows gratitude to Houston firefighters, cops

College football's post-Week 13 Playoff projection

Which teams have the best shot at an undefeated season?

Infographic: Terrell Suggs' sack victims after notching 100th

Dude Perfect video features Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll

Rick Pitino 'played four white guys and an Egyptian' in blowout

NFL Power Rankings after Week 12

WATCH: James Harden had another lapse on defense

One thing every NFL team should be thankful for

Could Kentucky beat the 76ers?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Post-Week 13 CFB Playoff projection

What has Masai Ujiri built in Toronto?

How L.A. should replace Hanley

Lester, Red Sox still talking contract

Why each NFL team should be thankful

Could Kentucky beat the 76ers?

Greatest college football rivalries

LeBron on losing streak: 'I stink'

Report: Manziel, friends get in brawl

Tate: Loss to Pats was 'embarrassing'

Bill Belichick burns Dominic Raiola

Boldin on Haslett: He's irrelevant

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.