Danny Avdia continues to display varied and surprising abilities.
The Israeli forward of the Washington Wizards recorded one of his best games in his NBA career tonight (between Wednesday and Thursday), setting a Dennis Rodmanian statistical line in a 97:100 victory over Chicago, which ended Washington's three-game losing streak.
Avdia pulled down no less than 20 rebounds - 17 of them defensively - and obviously set a personal record in the category, as he dominates under the baskets in the absence of the Wizards' two natural centers on the roster, Kristaps Porzingis and Daniel Gafford.
Avdia, who celebrated his 22nd birthday last week, became the second youngest player in Wizards history (since the merger of the leagues in 1976) to reach 20 or more rebounds in a game.
Above him on the list is a superstar in the form of Chris Weber, who did it in November 1994, at the age of 21. Avdia is also one of only three players under 2.06 meters tall to reach 20 rebounds this season in the NBA.
The previous ones were Luka Doncic and Perches Achiva.
Along with the supreme effort in regards to returning balls, Avdia presented a solid game.
He got 35 minutes (among other things due to the absences in the squad) and also provided 9 points (3 of 6 from the field, 1 of 2 from three, 2 of 2 from the free throw) along with 3 assists (compared to 4 turnovers).
This is the third game in a row that Avdia has stayed in double digits, but after a night like this, such a figure seems marginal.
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Avdia in defense (Photo: GettyImages, Rob Carr)
Take Washington back to the Chris Webber days.
Avdia (photo: official website, from the Washington Wizards Twitter page)
"Danny Rodman" in action
The opening was actually for the Bulls, who appeared for the game without the injured DeMar DeRozan.
They ended the first quarter with a lead, went into halftime with a 13 lead and led at one point in the second half by 20 points, but a dominant third quarter by the Wizards that ended with 21:41 to their credit, was the turning point.
In the final seconds, the one who took matters into his own hands was Kyle Kuzma, who also signed the victory three-pointer 5.7 seconds to the end, with a shot of a very high level of difficulty, with a hand on the face.
Zach Lavin missed from half distance on the last attack, and Avdia contributed his 20th rebound of the game, to close a round and impressive number.
Kuzma led Washington (which improved its record to 24:18) with 21 points, and received surprising help from the bench as veteran Anthony Gill set an NBA career high with 18 points.
Monte Morris added 17 to the winner, while on the other side Zach Lavigne scored 38 for the Bulls, but that doesn't stop them from losing for the second time in a row and dropping to a 23:19 balance, which leaves them with only one game lead over the Wizards.
Raise the clutch.
Kyle Kuzma celebrates with Monte Morris (Photo: Reuters)
Washington and Abadiah will hope to continue the momentum in the next game against the Knicks on Friday night.